One of my very favorite Thanksgiving specials on tv is Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Chuck and his friends are always showing some semblance of God in everything that they do.
When my kids were younger, I decided one year that while we were studying about the First Thanksgiving, we would watch Charlie Brown and then recreate our very own first Thanksgiving just like Chuck and his friends.
To do this, you will need the following for each person:
- Two slices of buttered toast,
- Some pretzel sticks,
- A handful of popcorn, and
- A few jelly beans
While you watch the movie with your kids, you can eat your own Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner. You can even talk to your kids about parts of the movie like Linus’ prayer.
In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this:
“We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land.
We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.”
And who could ever forget the moral of the story in ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ when ungratefulness reared it’s ugly head by way of Peppermint Patty prompting a quick depression in Charlie Brown:
What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this?
Where’s the turkey, Chuck?
Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners?
Where’s the mashed potatoes?
Where’s the cranberry sauce?
Where’s the pumpkin pie?
Of which, Marcie delivers the punch line . . .
“Don’t feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn’t mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you. Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck.
You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too.
We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.
Have fun with Thanksgiving. Your kids will love that you used a show on television to teach them about the true meaning of Thanksgiving!
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