It's weird how one year I had a little collaborative family craft idea (It starts as a large feather-less turkey in early November. We write things we are thankful for on paper feathers to adorn it) and then all of a sudden it's an annual tradition that's a decade old.
Here are some of my favorite things about this craft for a short and sweet, Five on Black Friday list:
1. First Turkey vs. Most Current Turkey: Not quite as much effort is put into making the base turkey anymore (Feathers? Googly eyes? I laugh.) But it still always gets a food name. I don't know how to explain it other than my kids are kind of strange and funny.
|Meet Cheeseburger, the Turkey|
|This is Squash. The Turkey.|
2. The contributions made by extended family, neighbors and friends over the years.
3. The way the turkey has become a bit of an ever-evolving time capsule. Would you just look at that handwriting and spelling?
|"I am thankful for dogs"|
4. The ridiculous ones that made us laugh when they were brand-new and continue to do so every time we see them:
5. Every single turkey has multiple feathers giving thanks for our family: the ones that live with us, the ones that live nearby, the ones that live far away. They are referenced by name, by title (Brothers! Cousins! Etc!), by characteristics they exhibit (So-and-so's sense of humor) or by the ways they help us our impact our lives.
These are the reasons I'm really thankful for the Thanks-Giving Turkey.