Turkey time

Readers share Thanksgiving traditions


Reader poll This month, we asked readers to share their secrets for teaching kids about the traditions and meaning of Thanksgiving. Here are your answers.

We love to create art projects using objects from nature. We find pine cones, glue-gun feathers to the base and decorate and use them as turkey centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table. We go on a leaf safari, choosing a variety of colors, set them attractively between two square pieces of wax paper, iron them together (mom only) and make individual place mats.

We traditionally go around the table asking each family member to talk about at least one of the other family members and say why we are grateful that he/she is in our family.

Lisa of Chicago, mom of Emily, 16, Allison, 14, and Madeline, 5

Thanksgiving is an important holiday in our house. We get together as a family for a marvelous meal and I have the kids trace their hand on colored paper, one hand for each family member who will be at our house for dinner. Then, for each finger on the paper, they write something they are thankful for about that person.

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for those special people in our lives—just as it was for the Pilgrims so many years ago. They were thankful for the harvest, their friendship with each other and their new friends in the Indians.

Kim of Woodridge, mom of Alex, 9, and Greg, 6

Last Thanksgiving, we spent our time with the family. I had Briana taste the turkey for the first time and it was the leg. She really loved it. We make sure that the family can sit at the table and eat dinner all together since we hardly get to do it throughout the year.

Jeanette of Chicago, mom of Briana, 23 months

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. We celebrate it by cooking together, retelling favorite stories and visiting family. The next day, we put up our Christmas tree.

Robyn of Streamwood, mom of Starr, 11, Daphne, 8, Andrew, 5, and Matthew, 4

Holidays can be a busy time. How do you make it magic for your kids? How do you find special family time to celebrate? Tell us, please. Deadline: Nov. 7.

In January, we’d like to know about your family’s resolutions. How do you ring in the New Year right? Deadline: Dec. 5.

If we run your response, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a family membership to the Chicago Children’s Museum. We’ll print your name, hometown and the names and ages of your kids; please provide us with your full address and phone number for verification.

Send all submissions to: Reader Poll, Chicago Parent, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302. E-mail [email protected] with "reader poll" in the message line; fax: (708) 524-8360.


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