Thanksgiving Family Night

We love families.  We love happy homes.  We love secure, happy kids and parents who love each other.  And for that reason we love Family Night.  Once a week gather everybody together to play a game, have a short lesson to pass on your values, and eat a treat together.


Gratitude Lesson and Trivia Game

With Thanksgiving coming this week focus your Thanksgiving family night on gratitude to God and to our fellow man.  As a nation we set aside one day in Thanksgiving.  It’s also a time to be thankful for our past as well as our present.  We remember at this time the early American pilgrims and their sacrifice, their beliefs, their triumphs and their devotion to God.  Take some time to teach their story to your children.

Play a trivia game of pilgrim facts to make it fun.  You can just read the questions out and see who can get the answers, you can divide into teams, or you can make it fun for little ones by placing the questions on the back of Thanksgiving pictures that they get to choose from.  Here is a printable version of the questions.

Thanksgiving Trivia

  1. What year did the pilgrims land in America? (1620)
  2. Why did the pilgrims leave England and the Netherlands to come to America?  (so they could worship freely and not have their children corrupted by outside influences.)
  3. What was the name of the ship they came across in?  (Mayflower)
  4. The pilgrims had planned to land at the mouth of the Hudson River, where did they actually land?  (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
  5. What governing document did they sign before they left the ship?  (Mayflower Compact)
  6. How many people died in the first year of the colony?  (over half out of 102 people)
  7. What did they call their new town?  (New Plymouth)
  8. What day did they first leave the ship to begin building their new colony?  (December 25th, they did not believe in celebrating Christmas)
  9. T or F  The first winter the pilgrims experienced a particularly cold, hard winter.  (False, it was actually rather mild for Cape Cod, but harder than the pilgrims were used to and hard with not enough food or shelter.)
  10. How many of the pilgrims gave up and returned with the Mayflower in the spring?  (none)
  11. Which tribe did the Pilgrims meet and make a peace treaty with in the spring?  (Wampanoag)
  12. Who helped the pilgrims learn to survive in their new environment?  (Squanto, who had been captured and taken to Spain as a slave, later returning to his homeland via England only to find his village gone, his people all killed of disease.)
  13. Who was invited to the feast following the first harvest in the New World?  (Wampanoag and chief Massasoit)
  14. When the pilgrims held a day of thanksgiving, who were the pilgrims thanking?  (God)
  15. Who said this:

Thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity. They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.  (Governor Bradford)

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