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Thanksgiving traditions are like that in our family. A tradition is the handing down of statements, beliefs, customs…a continuing pattern of beliefs or practices. I want to hand my faith down to my children; I want to establish a pattern that generations will follow.
As you can see, some of our monuments of remembrance are simple. But they create a memory not only of an action, but of a faith-based truth that is tied to it. Some on the outside might look at our traditions and think they are cute or fun. But I know that when I roll out that dough and begin to cut out shapes, I am building altars of gingerbread. I am cementing a tradition that is now 3 generations old in my family – – but more than that, I am building faith. I am talking with my children about the Potter who shapes the clay. I am sharing with them how God formed man in His image. I am teaching them about the importance of family and thanksgiving. And some day, they will carry this tradition on in their homes and the legacy of the gingerbread altar will open the door of faith yet again.