Giving Thanks - Tuesday

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Below is a little reading I found in Dear Abby a few year's ago. I had my grandson, Tanner, read it before our Thanksgiving meal. You place five kernels of corn at each person's place at the table. Adults, as well as children, can use this to read before Thanksgiving Dinner.

"It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow and much food was harvested in the fall. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed five kernels of corn beside each plate to remind them of their blessings:

The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.

The second kernel reminded them of their love for each other.

The third kernel reminds of their family's love.

The fourth kernel reminded them of their friends ... especially their Indian brothers.

The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.

Below is a picture I found on Allposters.com of

Jamestown colonists dealing out the last 5 kernels of corn during the Starving Time, Virginia Colony.

(I googled to find the site at the bottom, it has more ideas you might like as well.)

Go here for more ideas for children: http://www.just4kidsmagazine.com/nov.html



A Hint of Home said...

That is a great idea and one that makes us recite what we have to be thankful for.

Marnie said...

Great ideas, thankyou for posting the links too. We have been reading about the five kernels of corn. We are planning to share that at our meal by putting 5 kernels on each plate before the meal is served. It is such a huge reminder of all that we have to be thankful for. Our families are so well fed, warm, and healthy.

Wanita said...

What a great way to remind us of all the blessings we have to be thankful for.


Linda C said...

Very nice idea. Thanks for the history behind it:)
Linda C

splummer said...

Great Post for Thanksgiving. I never knew about the 5 kernels of corn. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!


Marianna said...

What a good idea. Thanks for the extra link.

Thanks for stopping by.


Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Katherine...I am going to do this on Thanksgiving...we all need a reminder that even in these tough times, we have so much to be grateful for...

Thank you,

A Romantic Porch said...

I love the five kernels of corn idea for Thanksgiving.

It's All Good! said...

It just brings it all into perspective doesn't it? We are all so blessed!
Brenda :)
p.s. I posted the Cranberry Breakfast Pretzels recipe.

Alice said...

How very sweet, especially when read by a child.

Becky said...

That is a great story. I suppose if we were the Pilgrims in the Staraving Time we would be happy to eat the crusts of the store bought bread :) All in perspective.