Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a Christian, I should already be spending every day as Thanksgiving, and I do try. But, it’s always nice to gather with family and thank our Savior for His many blessings throughout the past year.
Unfortunately, there won’t be much of a Thanksgiving celebration around here this Thursday. Because of the industry my husband works in, he now has to work until 5pm on Thanksgiving Day. That means he’ll be at the store until 6, (the joy of being the “boss”), and then he has a 2 hour drive home. I’m really not crazy about eating a huge Thanksgiving meal as a family at 8 o’clock at night. I’ve been doing so well with weight gain this pregnancy, and I’d really like to keep it that way! 🙂
So, we’ve postponed our Thanksgiving festivities until my husband’s next day off, which will be just a few days after Thanksgiving. I’ll cook while the kids are at school, and then we’ll enjoy a fancy dinner and do all of our fun family traditions that we’ve done each year.
One of my absolute favorite traditions is creating a Family Turkey. Our turkey has grown each year, adding more feathers for more kids, and I just love it. I’m looking forward to having more tiny little handprints to make it even bigger next year at Thanksgiving.
Want to know how to make this adorable little critter for your family this year? It’s so easy, and there’s very little cost involved!
Here’s what you need:
- Construction paper in fall colors – brown/tan, orange, yellow, red, white, etc.
- Black Marker
We used Daddy’s foot as the body of the turkey. Using the pencil, we traced his foot onto tan construction paper and cut it out. The heel of his foot is the turkey’s head. Then, we used the black marker to create the eyes of the turkey. Then, we cut out an orange triangle shaped beak and a red waddle and glued them on to the turkey.
Then, we traced the hands of everyone in the family – alternating colors as we did it. Dad was orange, mom was yellow, Ashley was white, Zander was orange…. etc.
We then arranged them to look like the “feathers” of a turkey and glued them all together. After that, we glued the body to the middle of the turkey.
This is such a fun, easy project to do, and it’s one my kids just love. I’ve saved our turkeys for years now, and it’s amazing to see how much the kids’ little hands grow from year to year. These are memories that I will hold onto and treasure forever.
I hope each one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you have any family traditions that you’d love to share, let me know! I’d love to hear about them!