Thanksgiving Branch

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day millions of Americans will gather with loved ones to celebrate our blessings. This year I created a Thanksgiving branch arrangement as a reminder of the blessings of friends and family. When guests come to my home during the season, I ask them to write a blessing or two on a card and then I hang it on a branch in the arrangement. It’s been a great addition to my holiday traditions and I enjoy reading what my friends and family hold dear. Most people list their relationships and their faith. We could all fill a Thanksgiving blessing branch to overflowing with our own list of blessings. My blessings seem to fall into these categories: faith, family, friends, favor, and focus.
  • Faith in a God that is good – always good.
  • Family that makes me laugh and loves me in spite of myself.
  • Friends who loyal and loving and funny and kind. 
  • Favor given by God who calls each of us his “favorite.” 
  • Focus on my life’s purpose.
"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love endures forever!" Psalm 107

Another Thanksgiving idea…. provides a great idea to remind us of our nation’s blessings. The snack mix favor called Thanksgiving Blessing Mix includes a Thanksgiving Blessing to share with family and friends during the holiday.
 2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks
 2 cups small pretzels
 1 cup candy corn
 1 cup dried fruit bits or raisins
 1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds
 1 cup M&Ms-brand chocolate candy
 16 Hershey's-brand chocolate kisses
 In a large bowl, gently mix all ingredients except Hershey's Kisses.
 Place 1/3 to 1/2 cup Thanksgiving Blessing Mix in small cellophane treat bags. Add one Hershey's Kiss to each bag. Close bag with chenille stem or twist-tie.
Makes 16 Blessing Mix gift bags.
Thanksgiving Blessing
Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.
 Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy corn: Sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
 Nuts or seeds: Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
 Dried fruits: Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
 M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.
 Hershey's Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.


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