This is from one of our parents, about their experience taking Thanksgiving meals to those who wouldn’t have a meal without their kindness. They are now doing this every year, as a way to give back.
I was told about the delivery project last year and thought it was a good way to be able to have my kids serve with me in our city and get to see other parts of the city. The kids were a little put off by having to drive around and give food to strangers because this didn’t sound “fun”. Once we set out to the Open Door Mission and they saw alllllll the cars and people and food being so smoothly loaded, they started to feel excited and could see this was something so much larger than imagined (myself included in that). Then they were excited as to where we were going! It was all new and they started to see how Omaha was MUCH larger than they ever knew…then we started making deliveries! Usually children about my children’s ages would be the ones to answer the door and they just started smiling and the kids all started chatting with each other! My kids got to see a whole other side of life and saw that this isn’t something scary or boring… its kids, just like them! Kids they never would have met in neighborhoods they never knew existed, and opened up their hearts to strangers and they can’t wait to go again!! God is so good!
What a great example, and what a learning experience for the kids! How can you get out and make a difference during the Holidays?
The next few blogs will be some Thanksgiving traditions from some of us a CCC.
We started the tradition several years ago, of writing on the cream colored tablecloth, that we used for Thanksgiving dinner. We would each write 1 or 2 things we were thankful for that year, making sure we dated it. We would write with a laundry pen, so the writing didn’t come off in the wash. Each year, as we brought that tablecloth back out and put it on the table, we would look back at how God, year after year, had provided or blessed us.
Our kids are now grown and married, so we are going to have to create some new traditions, that include new spouses at the table. What traditions have you created, I would be interested to hear, since I will be looking for some new ideas!
Dawn Belknap – CCC Kids Connect
Here’s one from ‘Creating Family Traditions’ by Gloria Gaither & Shirley Dobson. Can the family guess what Dad is thankful for in twenty questions? The person who it “It-in this case, Dad-thinks of one thing he is thankful for, and the others try to guess what it is by asking him simple questions. Is it a person? Do I know that person? Male or female? Is it something that happened? Did it happen this year? Was I there when it happened?
If the group doesn’t guess the blessing Dad has in mind, Dad wins the round!
Psalm 100:4 – ‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.’
What makes a tradition a tradition?
Traditions can be big or small. They are done with a specific purpose in mind and require some thought and intentionality. Meg Cox, the author of “The Book of New Family Traditions”, defines family ritual as “any activity you purposefully repeat together, as a family that includes heightened attentiveness and something extra that lifts it above the ordinary rut.” Traditions, when done right, lend a certain magic, spirit and texture to our everyday lives.
They provide a source of identity, strengthen the family bonds, and they offer comfort and security. They also pass on a cultural and religious heritage, connect the generations and create memories.
How do you define tradition in your family? Was it started when you were a child? Did you take that tradition and carry it through into your family, or have you created some of your own, as you started having a family?
Between now and Christmas, we will be blogging about why traditions are important, how they come about, and give you some ideas of traditions some of us have. We would also love to hear some of your family traditions!