November 25, 2008

mixed blessings

Thanksgiving is a time to count our many blessings... when we look around, we often see more than we expected to see... we find that friends and family are closer to our hearts than we might have thought. This is one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions... our Blessings Mix. We have made it for teachers, we have made it with scouts, we have made it just to enjoy at home. We have packaged it in brown paper lunch bags,
in jars and in Pilgrim Hats.
As it often comes to pass, the packaging of a blessing can be mysterious...
it is simply the blessing that counts.

Blessings Mix
Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty,
a symbol of our nation's abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought
by those who founded our country.

Candy Corn: The sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Seeds: Promises of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried Fruit: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land.

M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to lead us
into a blessed future.
Chocolate Kisses: The love of family and friends
that sweeten our lives.
Count your blessings...
Blessings brighten when we count them. - Maltbie D. Babcock.

1 comment :

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this so much. Remember doing it wit girl scouts??? One of my fovorite things we did.
Looks so great.
Take care,

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