The Fruits of Thanksgiving . . .
In this season of Thanksgiving, we generally plan our menus and collect the recipes for the foods we will make for the Thanksgiving Family Dinner. At least, that’s what we do in my family. Some of those dishes will, of course, have fruit in them or be made primarily of fruit. So, I began to ponder . . . what are the fruits of Thanksgiving?
The obvious fruits of Thanksgiving would be apples, pears, grapes, pumpkins, like you see in the cornucopia above. But, there are others, like cranberries and crabapples.
A precious Thanksgiving memory of crabapples!
My Grandmama Hall ALWAYS made her own homemade Cranberry Sauce. And, she would buy whole crabapples that still had the stem on them to serve on her Thanksgiving relish tray. I remember those crabapples like I was eating them yesterday! They were a deep purplish red small crabapple, and she would pile them on the tray. With the stems on them, they were easy to grab and eat. Those crabapples were one of my best Thanksgiving memories.
A few years ago, I tried to find some of those crabapples. Most of them today are sliced and in a jar . . . no stem. I did find one store in Little Rock that still had them. Naturally, I bought some for our Thanksgiving dinners that year. Sadly, I haven’t seen them since:(
Some of our favorite recipes using the fruits of Thanksgiving are Grandmama Hall’s Apple Pie, Mama’s Pumpkin Pie (aka Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie), Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Cookies, Paula Deen’s Style, Mama’s Pecan Pie, and Mama’s Cranberry Pecan Congealed Salad.
The “other” Fruits of Thanksgiving . . .
In putting this post together, it occurred to me that we tend to forget or overlook the other Fruits of Thanksgiving . . . the fruit of a thankful heart. An important part of this season of Thanksgiving is to reflect on all our blessings and to be thankful for them.
We have MANY blessings, especially as Christians living in this country:
- We can go to the church of our choice.
- We can worship God as we choose.
- We can find just about anything we would ever want to eat in grocery stores.
- There’s no shortage of food or water, as far as I know, in America.
That’s a very short list of the obvious blessings we should be thankful for.
Thankfulness . . .
We should be thankful and grateful for God’s provision in our lives in all things. During this season of the year, the crops are in, the harvest is over. That’s a lot to also be thankful for. My two sons farm rice, soybeans, and corn with their dad. Harvest being finished brings a sense of relief as well as thankfulness.
Giving and Sharing . . .
Another Fruit of Thanksgiving is giving to others and sharing of our abundance with others. Having a giving heart is an attribute of having a thankful hears. What can you do to give or share with those less fortunate than you? Bake them some cookies or treats? Mama’s Pecan Tassies would be a great choice for Thanksgiving. Or maybe put together a basket of Thanksgiving foods? Canned foods that they could use to make their Thanksgiving dinner would be a great choice. Some canned foods to choose from could be:
- Sweet potatoes
- Canned corn
- Canned Lima Beans
- Canned Green Beans
- Box of Macaroni and Cheese
The sweet potatoes could be used for Sweet Potato Casserole or Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie, the canned corn and lima beans for Mama’s Succotash, and the canned green beans could just be heated up as an extra side dish. The box of Macaroni and Cheese is also a favorite with children, so throw in some for them. Write out recipes to give them . . . it might help them to be able to cook their meal.
The list could go on and on of what you could put in a basket for someone. Think about what you would want, and then create one for someone else:)
What can you do to make a difference in someone else’s life? Think about it . . .
“Enter His gates with Thanksgiving” . . .
The scripture tells us to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving”. . . God desires for us to express our thankfulness for all He has done and continues to do for us.
Be thankful in all things and at all times . . . not just during the days or weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Let the Fruit of Thanksgiving be a part of your daily life from now on.