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NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES
Proclamation

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of
America.

A Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its
close, has been filled with the
blessings of fruitful fields and healthful
skies. To these bounties, which are so
constantly enjoyed that we are prone to
forget the source from which they
come, others have been added, which
are of so extraordinary a nature, that
they cannot fail to penetrate and soften
even the heart which is habitually
insensible to the ever watchful
providence of Almighty God. In the
midst of a civil war of unequaled
magnitude and severity, which has
sometimes seemed to foreign States
to invite and to provoke their
aggression, peace has been
preserved with all nations, order has
been maintained, the laws have been
respected and obeyed, and harmony
has prevailed everywhere except in the
theatre of military conflict; while that
theatre has been greatly contracted by
the advancing armies and navies of
the Union. Needful diversions of
wealth and of strength from the fields
of peaceful industry to the national
defence, have not arrested the plough,
the shuttle or the ship; the axe has
enlarged the borders of our
settlements, and the mines, as well of
iron and coal as of the precious
metals, have yielded even more
abundantly than heretofore. Population
has steadily increased,
notwithstanding the waste that has
been made in the camp, the siege and
the battle-field; and the country,
rejoicing in the consiousness of
augmented strength and vigor, is
permitted to expect continuance of
years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor
hath any mortal hand worked out these
great things. They are the gracious
gifts of the Most High God, who, while
dealing with us in anger for our sins,
hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that
they should be solemnly, reverently
and gratefully acknowledged as with
one heart and one voice by the whole
American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States, and
also those who are at sea and those
who are sojourning in foreign lands, to
set apart and observe the last
Thursday of November next, as a day
of Thanksgiving and Praise to our
beneficent Father who dwelleth in the
Heavens. And I recommend to them
that while offering up the ascriptions
justly due to Him for such singular
deliverances and blessings, they do
also, with humble penitence for our
national perverseness and
disobedience, commend to His tender
care all those who have become
widows, orphans, mourners or
sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in
which we are unavoidably engaged,
and fervently implore the interposition
of the Almighty Hand to heal the
wounds of the nation and to restore it
as soon as may be consistent with the
Divine purposes to the full enjoyment
of peace, harmony, tranquillity and
Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the Seal of
the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this
Third day of October, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and
sixty-three, and of the Independence of
the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President:
Abraham Lincoln
Giving Thanks
(Author Unknown)

For the hay and the corn and the
wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the
barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the
sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the
harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the
wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the
workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and
poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and
affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest
affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and
well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea
unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land
of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving
Word search:

Look for the words,
they are all horizontal.
turkey,stuffing,cranberrysauce,
blessings,pilgrims,
indians,rolls,gravy,corn,pie,
dinnertime.

T U R K E Y F O G H S J D E
R O L L S B S I  M O H K H M
G R A V Y O N U C O R N I T
P U D S G T O J H D S W I F
B L E S S I N G S L J S I T E
P I E V C F R Y A S U C F T
I N D I A N S I Y M D S B O Y
P I L G R I M S Y F D M G E
S T U F F I N G I L C B N H S
C R A N B E R R Y S A U C E
D I N N E R T I M E D F C U I

Fall Word Game:

"What am I"

I am full of seeds-
A candle is placed in me-
My face is made to be scary
sometimes-
answer- A Pumpkin

Fall is my season-
I come in many colors-
My floral name is hard to spell-
answer-Chrysanthemum

In the summertime I'm all dressed up-
I'm lonely in the fall-
The crows are afraid of me-
answer-Scarecrow

I have two legs-
My least favorite time of year is
Thanksgiving-
Stuffed and dressed, I'm
mouthwatering-
answer- A Turkey

I was green but now I'm colored-
Trees look bare without me-
answer- Leaves

I love nuts-
I'm a real chatterer-
My cheeks are great for storage-
answer- A Squirrel

I am a type of berry-
I am always paired with a Turkey
Dinner-
answer-Cranberry sauce

My other name is Horn of plenty-
I can hold harvest samples-
I am a symbol of Thansgiving-
answer- Cornucopia
What's Cookin'
Grandma's Baked Apples

you will need:
4 large apples,peeled and halved
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon
together.
Dip the apple halves
into the mixture.
Place a dab of the butter into the
middle of each apple and place in a
baking dish.Cover with plastic and
microwave on high for 6-9
minutes.Let stand for 5 minutes
before serving.
Serves 8.
SPAM Pinwheels
Prep Time: 1 hour
CookTime Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Serving Size: 1 piece

Ingredients
-  1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread
dough thawed
-  1/4 cup pizza sauce
-  1 SPAM® Classic (7-ounce) can
cubed
-  2 cups (8 ounces) shredded
mozzarella cheese
-  2 tablespoons chopped
pepperoncini
-  additional pizza sauce

Directions
Roll bread dough out on lightly
floured surface to 12-inch square.
Brush pizza sauce over bread
dough. Sprinkle SPAM®, cheese,
and pepperoncini over dough. Roll
dough, jellyroll fashion; pinch seam
to seal (do not seal ends.) Cut roll
into 16 slices. Place slices, cut side
down, on greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise in warm place 45
minutes. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake
20 to 25 minutes or until golden
brown. Serve immediately with pizza
sauce.

Nutrition
146 Calories
6 Grams Fat
8 Grams Protein
19 Milligrams Cholesterol
15 Grams Carbohydrates
619 Milligrams Sodium
SPAM™ Enchiladas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
CookTime Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
-  1 SPAM® Classic (12-ounce) can
finely chopped
-  1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey
Jack cheese divided
-  1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
cheese divided
-  1 green bell pepper diced
-  1/2 cup chopped onion
-  1 cup CHI-CHI'S®
Salsa divided
-  8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
-  Shredded lettuce
-  Chopped tomato

Directions
Heat oven to 350°F. In bowl,
combine SPAM®, 1 cup Monterey
Jack cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese,
bell pepper, onion, and 1/4 cup
salsa. Spoon cheese mixture down
center of each tortilla; roll tightly.
Place seam-side down in 13x9-inch
baking dish. Spoon remaining salsa
evenly over enchiladas. Sprinkle with
remaining cheese. Bake 20 minutes
or until cheese is melted. Top with
lettuce and tomato.

Nutrition
749 Calories
46 Grams Fat
41 Grams Protein
150 Milligrams Cholesterol
47 Grams Carbohydrates
1,657 Milligrams Sodium
Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot:

Get one resident and one family or
staff member per team. Then they
will get the resident and go through an
obstacle course.
I have always done this in a
patio/courtyard area with a lot of room.
Basically all you do is set up an
obstacle course and have your
teams take turns going through the
course holding onto a frozen
turkey(or stuffed animal turkey),they go
through the course and the
one that has the best time wins!
One example of a Turkey Trot Obstacle
Course:
Have residents start at the starting
line,then say go(start the
clock)then the first thing they do is go
in and out of a bunch of
potted plants or cones,then they have
to pick up a flag,then they
have to go under a
stick(broom,whatever)then they have to
knock over
something(soda cans,milk
cartons)then they go through one more
set
of cones and at the end they take their
turkey and toss it into a
pan.
The team with the best time wins!Give
small prizes to everyone that
participates.

Cornucopia Relay Race:
Go to the 99 cent store or Dollar Tree
store and pick up some small
Cornucopia baskets,then get plastic
fruits and some walnuts and
other items to fill the
cornucopias up with.
Then you will put the items all over your
facility and give the
participants clues on where to find the
items at in your facility.
They will start by holding their
cornucopia baskets and the first
clue on where to find the first
item,when they find the first
item,it will have the clue to find the
second item and so on, the
first one to fill there cornucopia wins!

Thanksgiving Feast
Scavenger Hunt:

This is fun for groups of two-four.
Give each group a large piece of
paper(draw a large "table" on each
paper),scissors,glue sticks,and about
10 magazines each.
The object of this game is to set the
table for a huge
Thanksgiving Feast.
Each team will get a list of
Thanksgiving Feast items to find,cut
out and paste onto the table(the piece
of paper).
Example of stuff to look
for in the magazines
:
turkey,stuffing,people
eating,families,pies,cookies,
drinks,silverware,
plates,corn,butter,rolls,potatoes,
yams,a ham,etc.
Give the team a time limit,
usually 15 minutes is good.
At the end of the time limit,the team
with the most items from the
list cut out of the magazines and
pasted on their "Table" wins!
Thankful Tree:

You will need:
terra cota pot
soil
tree branches
construction paper
(different colors)
ribbon
hole puncher

Directions:
Put the tree branches in a pot full of
soil,arrange them to look like a
tree,then have residents make
leaves out of construction paper and
have them write down what they are
thankful for on each leaf,then attach
the leaves to the"tree" with the
ribbon.Set in the middle of the table.
November Dates to Celebrate:

2nd Tuesday-General Election Day- Take your residents to go vote.Or make up
a booth at your facility and hold a "mock election",make up ballots,and voting
boxes and see who your population would vote for.
Decorate the facility in red,white and blue.Serve refreshments.

Nov.10th-
Birthday of Spam(1939)- Spam is short for spiced ham.Why dont you
ask residents what type of recipes they have made with spam. Serve fried
spam pieces and cheese with crackers.See recipe ideas below.

Nov.18th-
Mickie Mouse's Birthdate(1928)- Plan a trip to Disneyland(if your in
Ca.)-otherwise why don't you have a Disney party-Have your residents and staff
dress up as their favorite Disney character,watch a Disney
classic(Cinderella,Snow white,Fantasia), and invite a local pre-school to come
dressed up too.

Nov.19-25-
National Game and Puzzle Week-
All week hand out a new puzzle each day and hold a contest to see who can
solve and return to you  the quickest,hand out small prizes(candy,gum,bag of
chips)Then at the end of the week crown the Queen and King puzzle
solver,make up crowns and hold a ceremony.See below for puzzles.

Fourth Thursday in Nov.-
Thanksgiving Day-
Have a family Luncheon and invite residents families.Hire Entertainment and
play games (see at right column, middle).

Acorn Wreath

What you will need:
Acorns
Wicker wreath
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Newspaper
Flowers or other decoration

How To Make It
First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat
your glue gun.
Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn.
Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the
acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the
wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to
leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn't
have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.  

ALL ABOUT TURKEYS...






















Turkeys are domestic (farm) birds that were originally bred from wild turkeys
(Meleagris gallopo). The adult female turkey is called a hen, the adult male is
called a tom, and the young are called poults. A group of turkeys is called a
rafter. Over 300,000,000 turkeys are raised in the USA each year.
Anatomy: The tom turkey is larger and more brightly colored than the hen. Toms
grow to be up to about 30 pounds (13.5 kg). Turkey eggs are tan with brown
spots; they are a little bigger than chicken eggs. Poults are brown.

Diet: Turkeys have a varied diet. They eat insects, worms, fruit, seeds, acorns,
grains, slugs, snails, and many other foods. They have a well-developed
gizzard (a part of the stomach that contains tiny stones) that grinds up their food.

Predators: Many animals prey upon turkeys, including skunks,owls, hawks,
bobcats, and snakes.

Apple Votive

What you need:
Apples or small pumpkins
Tea candles
Utility knife
Spoon
Lemon juice

What you do:
If you are going to place the apple votives in the water check how they float first.  
Do this by filling the pot you'll be putting them in and marking with a dot the side
that stays up above the water.
Place a tea candle over the dot you have made in #1 and trace around its
circumference with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea
candle is tall.
Set aside the candle, and cut the circle into sections and scoop out using the
spoon.   Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from
turning brown, and insert a tea candle.

Here's how you make your...
Holiday Bean Soup Gift Jar:

Holiday Bean Soup Mix

click on the picture above to see a FULL size picture of the tag along with
preparation instructions, which you can print out
.

Here's what you need:
1 pound dried black beans
1 pound dried red beans
1 pound dried kidney beans
1 pound dried navy beans
1 pound dried great northern beans
1 pound dried baby lima beans
1 pound dried large lima beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried green split peas
1 pound dried yellow split peas
1 pound dried black-eyed peas
1 pound dried green lentils
1 pound dried brown lentils

What to do:
Combine all of the beans in a very large bowl.
Pour two cups of the bean mixture into pretty jars ( 16-oz.) jars- these jars
should hold two cups of bean mix.
Give with the following recipe for holiday bean soup. You could also layer the
beans in the jar for prettier effect. Just put a little of each of the beans in until
you fill it to the top.
Print out the tag and attach it to the jar.
It is an attractive label as well as the preparation instructions for the recipe.

I got this off another site and just loved it !!
Turkey on a Hat
by: Twila Lenoir

With just a few simple items you can create this fun and friendly turkey on a hat
for Thanksgiving.

You will need:
Felt (Orange, red, yellow,
white and brown)
Large goggle eyes
Tan paper twist
Large straw hat
Gold glitter paint
A small piece of wire
Pattern click here

Instructions:
Print out your pattern and cut it out.
Trace the pattern onto desired colors
of felt, or follow the example in the
picture and cut out the felt pieces.

Glue the turkeys face onto the hat
first so you know where the center is.
Then glue the felt feathers on the top of the hat slightly overlaping. Glue the
brown bib felt piece over the top of the feathers right around the hat ball part.
And lastly, glue the two brown looking hands on each side of the bib shape.

Make a bow out of the paper twist and fluff up. Glue the yellow legs to the back
of the hat.

Finishing touches: Using the Gold glitter and glue, add some swirls and dots
on the bow and straight lines on the feather. I didn't put any more lines on the
felt feathers. I didn't want it to look like leaves.

Last, secure a small piece of wire to the top back of the hat. So you can hang it
on the door.

Thankful Wreath of Leaves

You and your residents can make a beautiful wreath of leaves that displays
what your resident is thankful for. This wreath makes a great Autumn or
Thankgsiving decoration.  

Supplies needed
A plain white paper plate
Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
Crayons or markers
Scissors
Glue or a glue stick

Directions
Cut a half circle out of the center of a plain
paper plate. This will hold the leaves.






Cut out a lot of leaves from construction
paper. Draw the leaf veins if you wish.  








Glue the leaves all around the rim of the
paper plate.









In the lower center of the wreath, write, "I am
thankful for," and then let your resident write
or draw what they are thankful for.  
Dress the Turkey:

Give each participate a paper
turkey( a drawing of a turkey)
and other items to "dress"
the turkey with.
Crayons,markers,feathers,se
quins,beads,stickers,etc.
Have everyone "dress" their
turkey then have a satff
member or
Dept.Head come in and pick
the "Best Dressed " Turkey.

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