Thanksgiving Makes Us Happy, Mad and Sad

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are having our family and friends join us at our house for a feast.

Since I was busy this morning getting everything ready for tomorrow and the kids are off of school; I put them to work making things to decorate the house.

I decided upon a series of people cut out of paper bags for them to color and we could create a chain of them. I told the kids this symbolized the coming together as family and friends at Thanksgiving time.

Our Thanksgiving Family and Friends chain

I went in to check on them in between washing dishes and getting some cooking done.

My 5 year old, Bency was on his third person and said, “This person’s getting the mad face.”

I shrieked, “What??? No! You can’t have a mad person in the Thanksgiving chain! They must all be happy!”

Bency shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, I’ve already made one happy and one sad. I need a mad one now.”

I paused for a moment and thought.

Bency really has Thanksgiving figured out. Thanksgiving brings out a whole range of emotions.

First, you’re happy when you see all of the food. Secondly, you’re sad when you realize how much you’ve just eaten and lastly you just get down right mad at yourself when you keep going back for more.

Bency said he needs me to make a few more people for him to color. He forgot to make a “surprised person.”

Yes, Thanksgiving brings out the surprise in all of us when we just can’t seem to button those pants the next day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!


The mad, the sad and the happy of Thanksgiving!

34 responses

  1. What a creative decorating idea! I’m going to get my kids started on this project today. Even though we’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year.
    Bency is right! Holidays always come with a range of emotions. I’m definitely happy when it’s time to eat. But when I go back for seconds, I get mad at myself for not exercising self control. Marshmallow covered sweet potatoes are too irresistible to pass up!
    Wishing you and your beautiful family a lovely Thanksgiving!

    • It would have been more clever if I actually knew how to create a real chain of paper people instead of cutting them out individually and then just taping them real close together!! My brain is just not working today!!

  2. Bency got it! I think I felt all of those feelings today and it had nothing to do with the consumption of holiday food! Good for you to encourage his portrayal of all the possible emotions. It is a fine line between teaching our kids healthy ways to express true feelings and keeping whining and complaining to a minimum!

    Have a beautiful day tomorrow!

  3. Hi Melissa,
    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I also liked Bency’s take on the emotions. Thanksgiving is like Christmas Day and all those special days when everyone is supposed to be happy and everyone is supposed to be loving. In my experiences, these can be the days when everything goes wrong and people are hurting each other, getting mad, upset and not feeling how they’re supposed to be feeling. Bency has freed everybody up from all these expectations so they can just “be” instead. That said, I’ll take the happy face any day!!

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