Thanksgiving is a time filled with traditions for so many of us. These traditions tend to center around food. What we eat and who makes it are keys in any family, aren't they? If my grandmother doesn't make the pumpkin pie, then I don't really care to eat it.
But we often forget about the other parts of the holiday of Thanksgiving, its very name. Creating an atmosphere of gratitutde can be tricky when we're juggling gravy and trying to keep the 3 year old from pulling the tablecloth off the table.
So here I offer an ecumenical (i.e. religious, speaking about God, but not particularistic) service for the Thanksgiving meal. Based on the idea of the Passover Seder, this is a ritual that allows the whole family to be involved in understanding the meaning and ideas behind the holiday. It also includes ideas for usage and suggestions for incorporating your own cultural and ethnic heritage. I hope you like it and I hope you let me know if you use it.
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Ecumenical Thanksgiving Family Ritual
I also have a Jewish version, available at my own blog.
May your Thanksgiving holiday be happy, meaningful, and full of blessing!
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