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Ten Thanksgiving Hacks

November 23, 2016

1) Make everyone stay at the table for a full hour. No one leaves. No one.
2) No phones at the table. None. If you look at your phone, it goes in the turkey carcass until supper.

3) Say grace. Old fashioned. Heads bowed, eyes closed, holding hands. One person can keep their eyes open to monitor.

4) Remember those by name who are not in their chairs this year. Speak out their names before saying grace. Remember their lives and sacrifice.

5) Tell your favorite family Thanksgiving stories. The year of the huge Thanksgiving blizzard. The year when it was like summer outside and everyone went on a walk. The big family football game of 1992. The sweet potato casserole debacle of 2001. Get out the old photos. The kind you don’t have on your phone.

6) Laugh. Tell your funniest family stories to the new people around your table. Let them laugh their way into your family!

7) Count your blessings. Slow it down. Focus on what you have in front of you instead of what you don’t. Literally feel the blessing!

8) Love. Tell the people around your table just how much you love them and tell them why. There are no guarantees they will be here next Thanksgiving.

9) Help clean up and stick around. Watch some football. Remember great Thanksgiving football games past! Take a nap. Go on a walk. Drink coffee. Just don’t go shopping. Don’t encourage retail business to do the wrong thing by staying open on Thanksgiving. You can shop on Friday.

10) Find a moment to get away, drop to your knees and personally tell God thank you. You wouldn’t want to eat the turkey and dressing, gobble up the pie (pun intended) and miss the point.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairveiw Heights, IL.

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