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A Thanksgiving Centerpiece That Teaches Thankfulness

Teaching thankfulness, one feather at a time.


By Jessica Lnenicka/triplethesugar.com

Like many women raising children in the affluent suburbs, Kerry Maunus and April George wanted to find a way to teach kids to be grateful for all that they have. So the Alamo moms decided to start a new Thanksgiving tradition: Turkey on the Table.

Turkey on the Table is an adorable seasonal table decoration with a deeper message. To complete the centerpiece, children write what they are thankful for on blank, unattached tail feathers, then add one feather to the turkey each day of November until Thanksgiving.

Jaime Michelle Photography

“It’s a tool for parents to teach gratitude—sitting down every day and being thankful,” says Maunus.

The bird is not just a decorative piece and family activity: A portion of the proceeds from each Turkey on the Table sold goes to the nonprofit Feeding America, and helps feed 10 families in need.

“It’s about making the act of gratitude a practice that becomes a habit—but then also giving. That’s the meaning of Thanksgiving,” says George.

Purchase online or at Games Unlimited in Danville, turkeyonthetable.com.

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