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It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already! Our nice fall weather has been tricking me into thinking it’s still far off in the distance.
I love Thanksgiving! We don’t have very many traditions at Thanksgiving. Locally, there is a Thanksgiving concert featuring various hymns and songs of thanks. My family has attended a few times. It’s a great way to start talking about what Thanksgiving means.
If you are looking for some hymns of Thanksgiving to teach your children, I have a few suggestions you can try. I think it’s wonderful to be able to introduce children to hymns, and Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to do that.
Hymns for Thanksgiving:
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- We Gather Together
- Now Thank We All Our God
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- We Plow the Fields and Scatter
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- For the Beauty of the Earth
Here are a few different ideas to help you introduce your children to hymns:
Read about Thanksgiving
- Learn Bible verses about Thanksgiving, like Psalm 7:17 or Psalm 95:2.
- Read books about Thanksgiving, like Give Thanks to the Lord, by Karma Wilson
Learn about Thanksgiving
- Talk about the history of Thanksgiving
- look up/discuss definitions of words they may not know
- look for ways to give thanks each day, like a Thankfulness tree
Introduce the hymns
- read the lyrics of the hymns
- listen to recordings on youtube
- draw pictures while listening to the recordings (God’s creation, etc.)
- look up the history of each hymn
Even if you haven’t listened to many hymns, or your children haven’t, there are so many ways to incorporate them into your life, whether that be homeschool, private school or preschool group. The church we attended growing up didn’t sing many hymns, but I remember learning hymns by reading the histories of many hymns. Any time I hear It is Well With My Soul, I still think of the sad story that lead up to the writing of the hymn.
I hope you are able to use some of these ideas to introduce your children to new hymns! I’d love to hear in the comments any other hymn suggestions you’d add for Thanksgiving!