• Many churches and civic organizations have programs in which volunteers cook and serve dinner to the needy. What a great learning experience it would be for your whole family to be a part of serving the hungry together. Your children will see firsthand that you value people and generosity.

• Invite those who have no place to go for Thanksgiving. Every person who sits at your table brings a new insight about life.

• Whatever you do, make giving thanks a part of your celebration. If your church has a Thanksgiving Day service, attend it with your children. Talk afterward about how to give thanks to God. Pray together and, by your example, teach your children to offer prayers of thanksgiving to God.

Adapted from Simply Fun for Families by Gwen Ellis. Used by permission of Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, copyright © 2005. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Baker Publishing Group. www.BakerPublishingGroup.com.

Gwen Ellis lives in California, where after retiring she started her own business, Seaside Creative Services. Gwen writes, speaks and consults with publishing companies. Learn more at www.seasidecreativeservices.com.

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