Thanksgiving table challenge for dinner guests

This year, I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving at my house, which makes me both excited and a bit apprehensive. Fortunately, we’ve divvied up the dinner load, so I’m only responsible for cooking a few items. That means I can have fun decorating my Thanksgiving table – one of my favorite activities.

This Thanksgiving, I thought it might be interesting to create little chalkboard tags for each place setting that list one fruit of the Spirit. (I’ll be sharing the tutorial in a later post. Spoiler alert: I used a cereal box and chalkboard paint. :))


If you’re unfamiliar with the “fruit,” here is the Scripture reference:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galations 5:22-23

My plan is to explain to my guests to consider the random “fruit” that is written on the tag at their place setting and look for ways to model it during this holiday season. (Place settings are totally by chance. We don’t have assigned seats. :))

This little tag is intended to serve as a reminder of the virtues we should all be actively praying for and demonstrating in our lives.

Are you doing anything inspirational for your Thanksgiving guests? If so, please share your ideas in the comments section.

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5 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    I love the way you’ve created the tags and perhaps I’m misunderstanding what you’re suggesting with the “fruit” for each person, but I wouldn’t want to sit down at Thanksgiving dinner and be told what “fruit” I need to be working on … what virtue I need to be better at. That just seems all wrong to me, especially at Thanksgiving.

    • Susan says:

      We don’t have assigned seats, so the tags are random. I agree with you. I wouldn’t want to have someone tell me what I personally need to work on. 🙂 This is just an opportunity to allow for introspection rather than focusing the whole holiday season on gift buying, etc.

  2. Kat Lady says:

    What a great idea reflecting on the fruits of the Spirit!
    Thanks so much!!

  3. Jamie says:

    I like your idea! Refreshing discussion starter…after I was just complaining about our boring Thanksgiving. 🙁 I appreciate how you are challenging your guests to seek out Jesus to focus on bettering ourselves. Perfect timing for a perfect reminder for me….STOP COMPLAINING! (I’ll sit by the “joy” tag please.)

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