Cranberry Thanksgiving

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I have shared about my love of the book Cranberry Thanksgiving before.  I also share a great Cranberry Muffin recipe and my favorite Cranberry Sauce recipe for Thanksgiving

 This Thanksgiving marks the first time we will be away from  family for a holiday, so I wanted to make sure we continued on with many of our traditions.  So many of our family traditions revolve around books!

I wanted to share more about the book because we just enjoy reading it so much.  I wanted to find some further activities to go along with the book and thought I would share them with you too.

Two big take aways from the book:

 –You can’t judge a book by its cover

 –Family isn’t always what it seems

I like that one of the main components of the book is that the Grandmother and the granddaughter each invite someone to dinner.  It is about serving others.  Even when the Grandmother isn’t thrilled about the guest that her granddaughter chooses, she doesn’t object.

Serving others is a wonderful and lesson we can teach our children.

Serving Others During the Holidays

Holiday Mail for Heroes – send a Christmas card or generic holiday card to those who serve our Country!

Deliver food to a local food bank – our parish handed out paper bags to be filled with non-perishables for a Thanksgiving dinner.  The kids and I took out list and went to the store to fill up the bags with Thanksgiving goodies.  We all enjoyed this project.

Make Christmas cards for a local retirement home

Invite someone over for a holiday dinner that isn’t near family

Help a neighbor with an outdoor project like raking leaves or shoveling snow.

This is my favorite, doing random acts of kindness throughout Advent

Recipes to Serve at Thanksgiving Dinner

{I chose to include bars because they are usually easy to make with kids!}

Corn Pudding Recipe – My Mom makes this version and it’s delicious – my husband loves it!

Allergy Free Corn Pudding Recipe {Dairy Free, Egg Free}

Cranberry Bars {Dairy Free, Egg Free}

Pumpkin Bars – these are so cute with the candy on each square!

Pumpkin Squares – try this version from my friend Patty

Pumpkin Bars {Dairy Free, Egg Free}

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  1. Cassie says

    I’ve been staring at the Cranberry books for a couple of weeks now. We got them from the library last year. The Thanksgiving one was checked out already and I had to put a hold on the Christmas one to get in time for Christmas. But, your post finally talked me into just purchasing them. I don’t think I will regret it, but when you have a long wishlist of books at Amazon it’s hard to decide which ones. I was going to wait until next year, but my kids are getting older, not younger and now is the time. : )

  2. Jen4Ever4Always says

    I know precisely what you mean about having an Amazon wish list a mile long!! ;) I think you will find them to be worthy investments! Thanks for reading.

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