What does Thanksgiving mean for your family? Football games, lots of food and Grandma’s house? This year begin a new tradition with an old story told about the Pilgrims. It was very cold that first winter and there was little food. Some days they only had five kernels of corn to eat. Soon their crops began to grow and they had plenty. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed five kernels of corn beside their plate to remind them of their blessings.

The five kernels represented:

The beauty of God’s creation, especially in the fall

The love of each other

The love of family



An idea for your family is to put five pieces of candy corn in a snack size Ziploc bag and share this story with the ones at your Thanksgiving meal. Include the five blessings in prayer for the meal and encourage family members to add to the list.