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We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
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blessings mix

Our friend, Courtney, just attended her daughter's "Native American Pow Wow" at school. I love the Thanksgiving celebrations focused on the Pilgrims and Indians, giving thanks, and nutrition (the nutrition part always makes me chuckle as Thanksgiving is, after all, the most overindulgent holiday out there!).


At the Pow Wow, the kids created a "Blessings Mix", focusing on the symbolism of Thanksgiving:

• Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.
• Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
• Candy corn and popcorn: The sacrifices of the Pilgrims' first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
• Nuts or seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with dilligence.
• Dried fruits: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land.
• M&M's: Memories of those who came before to lead us into a blessed future.
• Hershey's hugs and kisses: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

I love this idea and think it would be a perfect activity for kids on Thanksgiving. I took the liberty of redesigning the label with my brand new font – click on the file below to download the PDF. Enjoy!

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Thank you for a wonderful idea to share on Thanksgiving day with my nieces & nephews. We are traveling, so I'm unable to bring a dish. This is a perfect way to show love and hopefully create peace that I come empty handed. I have a tough crowd. Love your blog!!

11.20 | Unregistered CommenterLisa S.

I did this last year for the favor for my family thanksgiving. It's a cute idea until you have to do 100+!!!! Yeah, We have a large family.
It was hard to find bugles too so if anyone does it, make sure you get the things you need before you run out of time.

11.20 | Unregistered CommenterKarlee

I love looking at your blog. It gives me inspiration! I teach and love the blessing mix. This year, we didn't do it and opted to do something a little "overindulgent" and had a small feast. Which included dirt cups to plant corn like the Native Americans. I love their faces when they realize that we're not really going to use dead fish!

11.21 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

thank you for this! it is so clever and cute!

11.21 | Unregistered Commenterautumn

I just noticed the word dilligence is spelled wrong. .. diligence. Could you update your template? Thank you kindly. Lisa S.

11.23 | Unregistered CommenterLisa S.

Just fixed it.... should have spell-checked first! Thanks for catching. -Angie

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I have a hard crowd, so I hope to have some smiles.

11.23 | Unregistered CommenterLisa S.

How can I make it print more than one per page? I want to take them to my son's class tomorrow? Thank you for all your precious ideas! I can't wait for Christmas!

11.23 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I printed these out and used them at Thanksgiving yesterday. They were a huge hit! Thanks.

11.27 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Thank you for sharing! I used this with my preschool class and their parents.

11.29 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

This is a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm going to make some up for our family gathering tomorrow. We certainly have many things to be thankful for.

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