Monday Manners: Thanksgiving Table Manners

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend!  We visited my grandparents on Saturday, and had such a great time spending time with them.  My grandfather, Ray-Ray, made delicious ribs and barbecue, and the girls enjoyed it all…especially his specialty…cheese straws!
L wore blue, for the Carolina Tarheels, and orange, for the Clemson Tigers!
Shoulda worn RED!  How great was that Georgia game??

Looking at some old pictures.

My aunt and uncle, with one their sons, my double-first cousin, visited too.
No, it’s not super weird or anything, but my mom’s sister married my dad’s brother.

His eyes certainly are still BLUE!

My Brown-Eyed Girl
So, as Thanksgiving draws near, I thought it would be important to share some extra special manners for Thanksgiving.  As I was perusing the web, I came across these, and they were exactly what I was looking for!  I’m not even sure who Jack Hayford is, except that he’s a minister in Van Nuys, CA, but he sure came up with some amazing manners, and even included bible verses to go with each of them.  Hope you enjoy!
Thanksgiving Table Manners
Come home and embrace the family. For many people, there’s at least one family member we aren’t looking forward to seeing at Thanksgiving. But the challenge is that we are called to embody the love of God and embrace them. And if you’re the one asked to bless the table, don’t pray an evangelistic sermon at those who don’t know the Lord. Give thanks and pray about how much God loves every person there.
“I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.” (1 Cor. 11:17)
Regard your host with proper praise. Anyone willing to host a group in their home for Thanksgiving deserves honor—if not a medal—even if the food they serve isn’t as good as yours. Go with gratitude, and regard your host with proper praise.
“I received [this Table] from the Lord…” (1 Cor. 11:23).
Enjoy the feast for all it’s worth. Folks, this is not a day for dieting. Go for it! Over the years, I’ve found a tremendous joy in fasting a day or two earlier in the week to prepare my heart before the Lord. (Be sure to start eating again the day before Thanksgiving, so your system is ready to enjoy the feast!)
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
Unusual prayer is fitting here. This is a day when we ought to give more dimension to our prayer. It’s not that brief prayers are insincere, but at the Thanksgiving table, it’s appropriate to make time for gratitude—for the family, for the gift of life that has sustained us to this point. And thank the Lord for our nation. Whatever may be America’s failings, God has been merciful to us.
“For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Cor. 11:29)

Wash your hands before you eat. That may seem unnecessary to say, but it’s one of the keys laid out by the apostle Paul as he wrote about manners for the ultimate thanksgiving Table.
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup…For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Cor. 11:28, 31).

Do all you can to share the day. Every time we partake, we proclaim the Lord’s death. We share the day of salvation at the Cross, and today is the acceptable day of salvation.

Don’t miss dinner, even if you’re late. Last year, a couple of our kids had to go to another dinner, and they arrived late. But it didn’t make any difference because we were all together. There are people who haven’t come to “Dinner” yet, but it’s not too late. Until Jesus comes, the invitation is still open. So you come! 

Aren’t these manners just so appropriate?  I’ll be thinking of these soon, as Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!  See, even though my Christmas cards have been ordered…I haven’t forgotten Thanksgiving.  🙂

The Company She Keeps posted this the other day, and I couldn’t agree more…Thanksgiving really is being skipped…I mean, every store I go into, they’re already playing Christmas music…but secretly, I LOVE it!  The hubs has a rule at our house…no Christmas music, until after Thanksgiving…thankfully, he doesn’t ride in the car with me that often!  😉

Happy Monday!

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5 thoughts on “Monday Manners: Thanksgiving Table Manners

  1. I am so touched that you read my blog – it made my Monday!!! I just adore your blog, especially the verses you post. Your an encouragement to my Christian walk. And, I promise not to tell your husband about those Christmas music filled car rides!!! Happy MOnday to you and yours. Xoxo-BLC

  2. Very nice manner listing! I'm a stickler for table manners since I grew up with my dad constanly saying "elbows off the table,hand on your lap, use your napkin!" Haha.
    I've just been catching up on your posts. I swear E is growing by the minute and I love all her little winter Lilly (speaking of Lilly stop by the blog and read about my meeting Lilly!)
    I also love the blog post with the Vineyard Vines picks. Very nice.
    Glad you're having such a great time spending with all your family, truly a blessing!
    xoxo Jennifer

  3. These manners are wonderful! I think I am going to pass them along on my blog on Sunday. I hope you all had a wonderful birthday this week for that little cutie pie! Have a great weekend!

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