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Itty-Bitty Thanksgiving

Any ideas for a low budget (lay off, etc.) Thanksgiving?

I'm spending time with my mother. Just chicken and a salad. We're celebrated our thanks for a warm place by cleaning up and cutting wood (thankful for having a warm place in a hard time). What else to do to make the occasion more memorable?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:54 AM on Nov. 23, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • One year we each made a turkey out of construction paper. It was our place setting. I got a template online but you could just draw the outline of a turkey in one color. On other colors we cut out a few feathers. On the body of the turkey we wrote our name. We then took time writing a good trait about eachother on the feathers. We had to write something nice on everyones at the table, when we sat down to eat we saw right in front of us all the things our family admired or was thankful for about us. They may have said good cook, funny, kind, giving...but they were very specific to each person. i also think itis fun to play a board game or do something together. Start a new tradition where you sit and sew one square of a quilt together for each holiday, you sew for your dd and she can sew for you. Within a few years you will have one to give eachother.

    Answer by ria7 at 10:02 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • My 8 year old said since usually we take terms praying at dinner, on Thanksgiving we should all go around and say things we are Thankful for

    We are also going to my sisters and everyone is making something....Just to hang out together,,,Probably play taboo or pictionary too


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:06 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • Hubby is deployed and my oldest doesn't want to be home because it makes her miss daddy too much. Since family is too far away, we are going to a friends house.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:17 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • Cranberry sauce and canned veggies are usually pretty cheap. You can also buy a box of cornbread mix for a dollar usually. Maybe get some cheap arts and crafts supplies or just colored construction paper and make some home made Christmas decorations or tree ornaments.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:05 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • Add a package of stove-top stuffing and a can of gravy to the dinner menu, maybe some pie or ice cream for dessert. if you can stretch the budget that far. Light a candle and have dinner by candlelight, and tell each other the old stories you both know and reminisce on happy times in the past. Just remember to be thankful you have each other and make another happy memory.


    Answer by pagan_mama at 11:06 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen. They can always use the help. Seeing those with nothing brings a whole new appreciation to what little you do have. The bonus, you will probably have a fabulous meal. We did this a couple of times when I was a kid.

    We haven't volunteered for a holiday meal with out kids yet. We have done some regular meals. We do add a turkey dinner basket to the ones our church provides each year. The church does 200-250 depending on how many turkeys we can get.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:23 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • Ohh and our favorite t-day tradition is euchre and jenga... :o) Games and being together with people who you care about mean more than a meal.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:26 AM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • I saw in the paper this week an interesting thing that might work for you. It said that the Aunt whose home they usually had Thanksgiving dinner at would place a handful of popcorn kernels on each plate and as each person remembered and said something they were thankful for they would remove one kernel from the plate. She fondly remembered sometimes finding lost kernels hiding under the furniture, etc., later in the year and would wonder just which person's Thanks it was and from what year.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Nov. 23, 2009

  • What have you got onhand? Any thing?

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:14 PM on Nov. 23, 2009

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