Thanks Living this Thanksgiving

Just over a week before Thanksgiving and I’m preparing to use Family Life’s ThanksLiving Treasures, a little book of biblically based lessons on thankfulness centering around the pilgrims’ journey to the first Thanksgiving. It comes with 4 small symbols and 6 postcard sized reproductions of historical paintings to accompany the lessons.  All packed nicely in a “treasure box” with a notepad for listing our own treasures on each year.  As I got it out to prepare to use over the next week, I thought I’d share it with all of you. Being classical Christian educators, I knew you’d appreciate the Bible linked with history and also the “real” art used for the stories.  I was so bummed to see it is no longer made or sold, but thought I’d share it with y’all anyway, because it might inspire you to create your own treasure box of thanksliving!

The artwork being used in the lessons are as follows : 

1) Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert W. Weir

2) The Mayflower at Sea by Gilbert Margeson

3) The Mayflower Compact by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

4) The Mayflower Compact

5) The First Sermon Ashore by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

6) The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

I’ve read in a few places that some of Jean Leon Gerome Ferris’ paintings, while depicting actual events, are not always historically accurate in the details…i.e. the headresses and the pilgrims’ clothing of this last painting.  I’m going to use this as an occasion for discussion. 

As a family, we’re also doing our annual thankfulness tree.  I cut the leaves out (last year or 2 years ago?) and laminated them.  We use a wet erase marker to write on the leaves and little clothespins to attach them to our tree.

There’s also a chance some of these ideas or these will show up on our Thanksgiving table.

What about you? What are you doing as a family for Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear your ideas!


  1. says

    What a great idea for your Thanksgiving Tree. I just might do that… next year. 🙂 Also I love the pictures you posted. So great I will be using them next week for sure.

    • says

      : ) Thanks, Crecia! I hope your thanksgiving was great! With all the things my boys wanted to write or draw about, I think we’ll need 2 trees next year! So fun

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