This Thanksgiving you might be sharing the table with people who vote, live and think differently than you. How will you react? It could get tense.
I understand this. Recently I was talking with a friend who stated that someone he was in support of had, “Like three PhD’s! Just amazing!” I looked up this ‘amazing’ person’s biography on their Wikipedia page. It stated that not only did they not have a single PhD, they didn’t even finish college.
I could skewer my friend with the Wikipedia facts (and boy did I want to!), but I chose not to. I tucked the information in a back corner of my brain and reminded myself of my mother’s words: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Simplistic but doable.
In times like these, I remind myself of the greater goal. Do I want to “win” or do I want a relationship? Political and world issues come and go, relationships can last a lifetime. I don’t have to agree with someone to get along with them, or even just to be civil.
While I may not agree with everyone’s worldview at the table, I do want them to feel the love of Christ and that is the greater goal. Jesus didn’t ask us to vote the same as our neighbor, or politically agree with them, but to love them.
Love doesn’t have to mean hugs and kisses–extending love can be as simple as making them feel welcome, regardless of their philisophical persuasion (and maybe gently steering the conversation to sports, travel plans or the weather).
To help you welcome your guests–of all persuasions–you can download this free welcome sign, place card and placemat set. All are color-coordinated and convey the message: You Are Welcome Here! Put the sign on your front door, or just inside the door on a hall table. Write names on the place cards, or not! Either way, the message is clear, no matter how you voted, you are welcome here!
The Thanksgiving Welcome Kit is a PDF with 3 pages. Two are 8.5 x 11 and the place mat is 11×17. You can, however print them bigger if you like. My local copy shop seems to print colors darker and richer than my sad little at home printer so that’s also an option for you. The place cards are 4 on a sheet, I used card stock.
The placemat is 11 x 17- so you’ll probably need your local quick printer for that. (And regular paper weight is fine for the placemat but your choice). So what you are downloading is a file with 3 separate images: A Welcome sign, Place Cards and a Placemat.
The placemat has these cute little leaves in each corner, and a spot to write down three things each guest is thankful for.
This page could be put in a frame by or on your front door. Makes everyone feel welcome!
Just click on any image to sign up for the free library of downloadable printables. Free forever!
If you’d like to send an invitation ahead of time, you can download these printables for free. Best of all, they fit into business-sized envelopes you already have. Sweet! Just click on the image to sign up for access to the library of free resources.