Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
For the Beauty of the Earth, Hymn #92
1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
2. For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
3. For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking your family or group what comes to mind when they think of Thanksgiving. Compile a list and then ask what they know about the history of Thanksgiving. Depending on the ages present, watching one of the two videos below.
For younger audiences:
For older audiences:
Ask: Is Thanksgiving important? Why?
Read aloud: Even though Thanksgiving has had a long and interesting history, we can use it to remember important principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving teaches us about gratitude and sharing what we have with others. Just as the pilgrims were excited to celebrate their first successful harvest, we can be excited about our many blessings. Creating our own Thanksgiving memories and history, whether we are with family or friends, can be a joyful experiences.
Ask: What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories? How do you incorporate the gospel into your celebrations?
Finish by discussing how you can living carry the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout the entire year.
Easy Oreo Pretzel Turkeys or Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes
-1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
-12 fudge-covered Oreo cookies
-36 chocolate-covered pretzels
-24 candy eyeballs
-12 pieces candy corn
1. Melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil 30 seconds in a small microwave-safe bowl. Remove and stir. Continue cooking in 30-second increments until chips are melted.
2. Assemble cookies using chocolate like glue; spread on back of Oreo and attach 3 pretzels in a fan pattern to look like feathers.
3. Dip backs of eyeballs and candy corn in chocolate and stick to the front of the “turkey” to make a face.
4. Place finished turkeys on a plate and cool in refrigerator 1 hour to allow chocolate to set.
(Courtesy of The Krazy Coupon Lady)
10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)
2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped*
2 tsp lemon juice
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among 18 paper lined muffin cups, adding a rounded tablespoon to each cup. Press into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool.
For the streusel:
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, quick oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add cold butter and using fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together it small crumbles and pieces of butter are no longer visible. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing apples and filling.
For the filling:
In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, cream together cream cheese with sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in sour cream and vanilla.
To assemble cheesecakes:
Divide cheesecake batter evenly among 18 muffin cups pouring filing over crust (I used a 1/4 cup and filled it about 3/4 full). Divide apples evenly over cheesecake layer, then finish by sprinkling a heaping tablespoon of the streusel over tops. Bake in preheated oven 23 – 25 minutes. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge and chill 3 hours. Serve with caramel sauce.
(Courtesy of Cooking Classy)
Play a fun game of Thanksgiving Bingo with your family. You can download the free bingo cards here.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.