A Countdown of Thanksgiving Specials and Activities
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A Countdown of Thanksgiving Specials and Activities

12 Shows and 12 Activities to Get You in the Spirit!

A Countdown of Thanksgiving Specials and Activities

1. Boy Meets World ~ Turkey Day (Season 4 Episode 10)

Synopsis: The Matthews family spends Thanksgiving with Hunter family spend in the trailer park, where they must confront and overcome class differences in order to get along.

Activity: Invite someone to your thanksgiving dinner who you may not have the most in common with, whether it be another family, an elderly member of your community, or a starving college student who can't afford to travel home. Make sure there is always room at your table.

2. A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving

Synopsis: Winnie the Pooh and friends discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving after Rabbit's carefully-planned feast goes awry.

Activity: Host a "Friendsgiving" Feast on or before Thanksgiving Day! OR write a letter to your friends to let them know you are thankful for them.

3. Full House ~ The Miracle of Thanksgiving (Season 1 Episode 9)

Synopsis: The Tanner household pulls together to celebrate their first Thanksgiving dinner after Pam's death.

Activity: Create a Thanksgiving Cook Book with all your favorite family recipes! OR send a card to a friend or family dealing with the loss of a loved one this holiday season.

4. Adventures from the Book of Virtues ~ Generosity (Season 1, Episode 12)

Synopsis: Zach and Annie collect canned goods for a homeless shelter in order to receive recognition. On Plato's Peak they learn, through three stories, about how selflessness and generosity go hand-in-hand.

Activity: Call your local food bank or homeless shelter and ask how you can make a donation that would best help them. Many people donate canned goods this time of year, so consider making a different donation. Volunteer some of your time, donate money to help with operating expenses, or make a supermarket run for fresh foods upon approval from your soup kitchen (a lot of canned good they receive are often expired or extremely high in sodium).

5. Father Knows Best ~ Thanksgiving Day (Season 1, Episode 8)

Synopsis: Kathy writes a poem about Thanksgiving that wins a 4th grade contest. Meanwhile, the Anderson family plans to spend Thanksgiving in separate places, but comes together at the last minute to spend it together.

Activity: Write a poem about what you are thankful for.

6. Adventures in Odyssey ~ Thanksgiving at Home (Album 7, Episode 132)

Synopsis: When John and Mary come down with the flu, Donna and Jimmy decide to cook Thanksgiving dinner all by themselves. (Radio Drama)

Activity: Make a care package and some homemade soup for a friend or family member who is sick.

7. The Lawrence Welk Show - Thanksgiving Special

Synopsis: The cast of the Lawrence Welk Show put on a special for Thanksgiving. Wonderful music and dancing!

Activity: Learn how to dance the Turkey Trot! Grab a partner and check out this link!

8. Happy Days ~ The First Thanksgiving (Season 6, Episode 12)

Synopsis: Marion Cunningham tells the story of the first Thanksgiving to emphasize that the point of the holiday is connecting with family, not watching football.

Activity: Learn how to say "Happy Thanksgiving" in sign language!

9. Christy - The Sweetest Gift (Season 2 Episode 1)

Synopsis: Christy's family comes for a visit. Miss Alice organizes a hunting contest and Thanksgiving feast for the entire cove. Creed Allen learns about Native American History from Billy Long, a Cherokee native.

Activity: Learn how to make a turkey call!

10. The Brady Bunch ~ The Un-Underground Movie (Season 2, Episode 4)

Synopsis: Greg makes a movie about the first Thanksgiving for a History class project.

Activity: Make your own holiday movie! (Be sure to include slow-motion scenes).

11. Gilmore Girls ~ A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (Season 3, Episode 9)

Synopsis: Lorelai and Rory rotate through four Thanksgiving dinners with friends and family. (This may make cooking for just one Thanksgiving dinner feel a little less crazy)

Activity: Whip up some Tofurkey while you cook your Thanksgiving meal! No really, here's a recipe! Your vegan and/or Seventh-Day Adventist friends will appreciate it!

12. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Synopsis: The quintessential Thanksgiving classic! You just can't NOT watch this on Thanksgiving day!

Activity: Here's a bunch of different ways fold napkins for your Thanksgiving dinner that are almost as cool Snoopy's!

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