Every year it is the same thing. You smell the hot scrumptious food stewing for hours; your mouth waters at the thought of the first taste. Minutes turn to unbearable hours. Your family members slowly accumulate and pick at whatever happens to beat to Turkey. Mom whips the potatoes while grandma makes the gravy. With everyone in such anticipation it is hard to keep your mindset on showing your appreciation for the meal before eating it. Some creativity as hostess will not only reduce the anxious crowd but also assist by involving your guests in the sharing of thankfulness prior to gobbling up the celebratory spread.
A less traditional technique can be found by inadvertently having grace recited by your guests. Pass around paper and pencils to each person. Have them write their name at the top. Instruct your guests to write a compliment or offer a thankful word for each person. This will not only take their minds off the food for a minute but it will also set the appropriate mood for the holiday. As Grace is given each guest can recite a few of their favorite remarks and relate their appreciation for the meal into the prayer. This, although not the formal thanksgiving routine, will add to the natural appreciation of the meal.
Many sources, such as the Bible, can provide a more traditional prayer. Some individuals will find it fitting to search through a few books and come up with relevant scripture for the holiday to incorporate into the Thanksgiving prayer. Others will simply relate the year’s high points and express appreciation for allowing everyone to gather rejoice together. Health, happiness and safety of family and friends are important to celebrate. Not everyone is great with words either. If there is a certain importance to the holiday with respect to the years happenings, some will hire a writer to compose a specific prayer designed around a specific message.
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