Holidays are a time when traditions are held closely, and sentiment is dear.
When composing a family scrapbook, you will find that much of the content is
made up of holiday content. Christmas time is most likely the season in which
you will base much of your winter holiday themes around. But what about
Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to really chronicle
family’s thoughts and time together as a family. A great addition to the
information you collect would be Thanksgiving poems. Lighthearted and fun, these
poem selections give you the chance to choose sentiment as it is reflected in
words. Sound cheesy? Thanksgiving poems offer a reflection in words that one
will appreciate especially after the passage of time. Words have the uncanny
ability to bring one back to a thought sequence or state of mind that they were
in when originally those words were first spoken or read.
Where to find Thanksgiving poems? You can find a great amount of useable verse online. Prayers that are repeated often, songs that are sung, and children’s books are terrific places to begin the search for Thanksgiving poems. Have a child sit down and create a ‘Things I am Thankful For” poem. These are sure hits and are often points of much discussion and debate among the children in years to come.
One of the best Thanksgiving poem layouts I have seen was a simple poem, written by a six-year old boy on parchment paper. At the bottom of the page, his mother and all of their family members signed and dated it. This was an excellent preservation of the little boy’s thoughts and feelings as well as a very unique presentation of them.
Thanksgiving poems make for great inclusions in party themed scrapbooks as well. If your office or workplace celebrates Thanksgiving and you intend on including pictures and materials from the party, a fun way to involve your co-workers and employees would be to bring a sheet of plain notebook paper and ask each of them to compose one line of the poem, each trying to rhyme with the last, explaining a piece or portion of their life for which they are the most thankful. If you exercise a little bit of forethought and mention this to them prior to the party, you could even have them bring in an item relating to the object of their thankfulness and find a way to fit that into the layout as well. Be sure that they understand that they will be unable to receive these items back and that they shouldn’t be too personal in nature. That being said, you will find yourself amazed at the items of which your fellow co-workers will provide!
A cute and smart wedding theme using your Thanksgiving poems would be to ask guests and family before the wedding to compose short verses about the couple-to-be. Furnish them with small tidbits of ivory paper or parchment and pens and tell them to get to work! You can provide a small basket somewhere at the reception for them to place them in and put it away until you have the chance to piece everything together. Depending on the type and thickness of your paper choice, you can furl and fray the edges of your paper on the top and bottom before pasting it into your scrapbook area thus creating miniature scrolls. For a simpler option, do a set of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ Thanksgiving poems---being sure to include thankfulness for each other, of course!
Thanksgiving poems are a fun and unique way to bring a little character to the Thanksgiving area of your scrapbooks. A few verses can add a lot of flavor to your holiday scrapbook serving!