Thanksgiving Remembrance

I rarely show pictures of my family members on my blog, but last Thanksgiving was so special, I just had to share this idea--because you might want to do this too!  We were hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our family at Maple Grove, and we passed the word around that it would be special to remember the early American natives and settlers.  (I ought to interject here that our family looks for ways to impose a theme on any and every occasion.  We just don't like life to be dull.)

Now, don't think we were elaborate about this.  What you're seeing here is a long-sleeved T-shirt, a long skirt, a pillow case pinned at the waist, two cloth napkins folded and pinned across the shoulders, and another one folded and pinned for a cap.  (I wonder if the early Americans had gas ovens.)

Most of us were really into the theme. These little ones were wearing brown T-shirts that were cut and fringed. There was no sewing involved!

My nieces made pies for the first time.  I am so proud of their domestic skills!)

Of course we engaged the youngest family member in our theme.

 (and the oldest!)

We dubbed this one "The Mayor."

 Do you think the early Americans had electric mixers?

When we gathered at the table for our harvest feast, we remembered those who celebrated their bounty and friendship in Plymouth in 1621.  Their peace wasn't lasting, and the American history that followed is most regrettable.  We look to the present and future and pray for love and peace among all Americans today. Before we ate, we each named something we are thankful for, and we gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings in our lives.  (And they are many!)

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends!!


  1. INCREDIBLE! I so want to do this now! Thanks for the wonderful idea :D

    1. Oh yay! Marissa, go for it! It was so much fun! Thanks for commenting, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Katie

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    1. LOL . . . Now who's cute?! You got the yinz right, but you still had to get the r'all in there! You're mixing Pittsburghese with southern drawl. 'Round here, we'd say Yinza so cute!

  3. I just love the creative outfits!! Looked like a fun time :)

    1. Thanks Radishgirl! It did make for a fun gathering! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Meredith/GreenCircleGroveNovember 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Ok, here we go. I'm having to use old sheet scraps because I'm fresh out of while cloth napkins and pillowcases, but I think it will work just fine. Happy Thanksgiving, 2013!