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When your soldier is deployed on Thanksgiving you want him/her to feel the love and the family togetherness the holiday is known for, but it can be difficult to do across the miles. I have created a harvest festival in a box that I hope you'll "stuff" for your soldier this Thanksgiving.

 

Let's start with a Thanksgiving meal:
Canned turkey or turkey jerky
Instant mashed potatoes or potato chips
Box of stuffing or homemade bread
Gravy in a jar
Pumpkin or apple pie
Can of corn
Green bean casserole (canned green beans, canned mushroom soup, fried onions, & powdered milk)
Can of cranberry sauce or Craisins (dried cranberries)
Sweet potato chips or can of yams
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Candy corn
Apple cider or spiced tea
Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
Cookies (pumpkin, spice, or his/her favorite)
Pre-cooked rice

 

Then we'll spice up the package with some creativity:
Celebrate Thanksgiving early and video tape it from the chair that they usually sit in
Create a "why we are thankful for you" book
Pictures of Thanksgiving's past
Leaf rubbings done by you or your children
"Hand" turkeys made by you or your children
Pilgrims hat
Paper leaves
A printed story of the first Thanksgiving
A homemade CD of Thanksgiving songs (search the internet for some pretty funny ones)

Add a Thanksgiving poem to your package or add a Thanksgiving craft. How about a Thanksgiving riddles or coloring page too?

 

Whatever you do, have fun with it. Your soldier will be able to tell the love and joy that went into creating their package!