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Fall Pumpkins & Saying Grace

October 26, 2012

I know it's not even halloween yet, but I'm already excited about turning all my pumpkins over to Thanksgiving.  Muted colors and metallics are much more my style than carved up jack-o-lanterns with creepy spiders crawling about.  
What about y'all, do you leave your pumpkins out past Halloween?  
I also love this idea I found on pinterest.  You place a drop cloth down as your tablecloth on Thanksgiving and use a sharpie to write down what everyone is thankful for that year.  What a fun idea to start the tradition and bring out the same cloth each year to see how the people and thankfulness multiplies.
And one more random question, does your family say grace?  We did growing up and it's something I'd like to start up in my own little family.  If so, what age did you start with your children and which prayers of grace did you say?






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26 comments:

  1. ooooo, love the first gold polka dot pumpkins...so purdy!

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  2. Love the first pumpkins but I am too lazy to paint mine I will probably just throw them away. We always said grace growing up and still do along with nightly prayers. Sterling can't say it yet but I normally say the blessing. The one we always said growing up and still use is:
    "Thank you God for happy hearts rain and sunny weather. Thank you God for this good food and that we are together. Amen."

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  3. I did not grow up saying grace. My 3 year-old learned "A B C D E F G, Thank you God for feeding me." at preschool and I find it adorable. It may have to become a tradition.
    I like the tablecloth idea. I was thinking of a paper one with crayons and markers for the kid's table at X-mas.

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  4. I want my pumpkins to look like that, instead of the mold growing out of mickeys nose! Yeah well we try to say the blessing usually it's Carson reminding us, hey at least he got it together.
    This is the one he says........

    PS can not wait for girls night the 17th!!!!!

    God our Father
    God our Father
    We thank You
    We thank You
    For our many blessings
    For our many blessings
    Amen
    Amen

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  5. I think I need me some polka dot pumpkins for reals!

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  6. We have started saying the blessing with our 5 and 2 year old. Everyone goes around and thanks God for a couple of things from that day. It's pretty entertaining to see what they come up with!

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  7. Love the tablecloth idea. A friend of mine told me about a similar idea but with brown paper (craft paper) instead of a real table cloth. But I like this idea of using a real one to bring out every turkey day! Love traditions! We said grace growing up and we TRY to say it with our own kids. The one we said/say is:

    God is great, God is good
    Let us thank Him for our food
    By his hands, we are fed
    Thank you for our daily bread
    Amen
    :-)

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  8. I really like those polka dot pumpkins, and the one with the gold leaves. That is such a great idea!!!

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  9. We say grace and the kids do some from preschool (mentioned already in the comments) plus:
    Thank you for our friends so sweet;
    thank you for the food we eat;
    thank you for the birds that sing;
    we give thanks for everything.

    Or I do the one from my childhood:
    Bless us o Lord for these thy gifts
    which we are about to receive
    Amen

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  10. I leave my pumpkins out until Thanksgiving, just seems fitting. I never paint them though, maybe I will this year. And I love that blessing we say it in our house

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  11. I want to spray paint some pumpkins gold this year! That Grace is one of my favorites that I've seen this year. So simple and sweet.

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  12. Beautiful post and message Julia. I love the gold painted pumpkins. Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  13. What a great thanksgiving idea! I generally leave my pumpkins out as long as they aren't carved.

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  14. I LOVE the big gold painted (or spray-painted) glossy Pumpkins--the mini-polka dot ones are also so sweet!

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  15. Love the idea of spray painting the pumpkins instead of carving one! So easy!

    We grew up saying "Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; in Christ's name we pray. Amen." Very Tradition Episcopal blessing.

    I teach pre-k and some of the ones we say are "God our Father" and "Johnny Appleseed" which is "Oh the Lord is good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the appleseed. The Lord is good to me. Amen." At Halloween and Thanksgiving, we change appleseed to pumpkin seed, it's so cute!

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  16. Thought of you today! Check out Bryn Alexandra blog . It reminds me of your genius DIY:)

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  17. LOVE that tablecloth idea. And I think it would be super sweet to say grace.

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  18. Great ideas!

    Our kids say:

    Dear Lord;
    Help us to do the things we should.
    To be to others: kind and good.
    In all we do in work and play,
    To grow more loving every day
    Amen

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  19. My boys (5 and 2) love singing the Johnny Appleseed song for grace. It's fun and brings back good memories of my childhood too.

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  20. we said grace as little kids!

    our preschool (methodist despite us being catholic) taught us to say

    Thank you for the food we eat,
    Thank you for the world so sweet,
    Thank you for the birds that sing,
    Thank you God for everything!

    before snack

    My parents would continue the tradish at home during dinner, and as we got older we learned more traditional ones!


    LOVE the tablecloth idea!!!

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  21. Great idea! I have a ton of mini pumpkins around my house for fall/Halloween. This would be a great way to dress them up a bit for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing!

    www.mydoylelife.blogspot.com

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  22. You know, now that I think about it, I can't remember a time when we didn't say a blessing before eating. The earliest I remember learning is "God is great, God is good, let us thank HIm for our food. Amen"

    We still say the blessing, even in restaurants. It's not loud and showy, but quiet and gentle. I think it's a great idea. Our godchildren love saying their own blessings, and sometimes you get tickled at the length and creativity they demonstrate. But it always blesses me to listen to them because children's prayers are so hearfelt, and I know it blesses God, too.

    Go for it!

    XO,

    Sheila

    XO,

    Sheila

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  23. I have no idea how I signed that twice. Trying to use an IPAD an failing miserably. LOL

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  24. I'm way late to the party...but just catching up on your blog.

    We've always said "the blessing" before our meals. The "God is great, God is good" and also these two:

    Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let this food to us be blessed, Amen.

    or

    Bless this food to our bodies and our bodies to your service, Amen.

    Was also glad to be reminded of the Johnny Appleseed! I used to love that in grammar school! Now that tune is stuck in my head!



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