It’s dangerous, but my favorite pizza place, a week after I have ordered, sends me a text message saying something like, “Last week, you got pizza. Wanna get it again?” I resisted this week, but, well, I’m eating naan baked with marinara sauce and cheese and pepperoni on it, so maybe I didn’t after all.
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A Unique (and Silly) Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition
If you need a fun Thanksgiving activity, may we suggest gourd ball?
- Every family celebrates Thanksgiving in their own unique way. For example, we have decided we prefer a make-your-own-taco bar to turkey and stuffing. Others like to melt marshmallows on their sweet potatoes (yes, I think this is weird, sorrynotsorry).
How to Create Meaningful Thanksgiving Traditions in Your Family
If gourd ball isn’t your thing, maybe one of these traditions will be.
- Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! But when we were newlyweds, the idea of creating our own family holiday traditions became quickly entangled in the process of pleasing two sides of the family, friends, and church ministry. Cozy, idyllic visions of holiday traditions gave way to riding the waves of hectic holiday expectations.
Eleven Great “Family” Films
Tsh Oxenrider shares her family favorites (the non-saccharine list).
- We collect viewing ideas on a large chalkboard hanging in our kitchen. Whenever one of us remembers a movie, TV series, or even YouTube channel that we’d like to watch as a family, we snatch up a piece of chalk and quickly jot it down on the board before it leaves our brain. This way, when family movie night rolls around, we’re not incessantly scrolling and debating about what to watch—we simply take turns choosing from our list, then click ‘play.’ It’s been a game-changer.
50+ Best Books of 2023: Picture Books
Melissa Taylor shares her favorite picture books of the year at Imagination Soup.
- Every month of 2023, I’ve read around 250 newly published picture books, adding up to three thousand books. Of those three thousand, these are my picture book picks for the best books of 2023.
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Taking It Slow
Glenn McCarty considers inspiration.
- One of the questions I’m asked the most about my books has to do, naturally, with inspiration. “You must have loved stories about the Old West and devoured books like Tom Sawyer and by authors like Louis L’Amour,” the inquiry goes. And the truth is, well, not really.
SQUIGGLES: A Simple Art Prompt for the Whole Family
Rebecca Levake recommends a delightful art activity.
- A few years ago, I was looking for a creative challenge that would appeal to all my kids, ranging at the time from age six to fourteen. I wanted something that was age appropriate for all, required no prep, and could be done on a regular basis. The humble Squiggle – a simple idea I picked up from my mentor teacher when I was student teaching many moons ago – was exactly what I was looking for. It is a simple concept with huge potential for creativity and fun.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Looking for something special to add to the Thanksgiving feast table? Try these leaf-printed napkins.
Something to Watch
Need a recap of the first Thanksgiving? This one is fun.
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