Ceremonies help us to stop and think about why we've gathered. They remind us that the holiday has a unique purpose. We offer a range of ceremonies from the simple “Try a Slice”  to our full version with its many variations. Some of the ceremonies we offer were created by others to make their own traditions for friends and family. We hope you enjoy our options and are inspired to create your own. Conduct them wherever your group gathers — usually before eating!

A Memory Harvest 

(use stories to honor or remember those who cannot be with us at our Thanksgiving Table)


The Freedom's Feast Thanksgiving Ceremony Options 

(created to spark conversations about why we are thankful to be Americans)

Full Thanksgiving Ceremony

(Original ceremony with several variations, many wonderful margin quotes, facts, and alternate celebration ideas)

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"Try A Slice" 10-Minute Thanksgiving Ceremony

(adapted for Covid-19 and recommended for first-time users )

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               A Memory Harvest

Express our gratitude for the gifts received from those unable to join us at our Thanksgiving gatherings.

A Memory Harvest Guide for Leaders

(STEP 1 : Suggestions for setting up and leading a meaningful Memory Harvest experience)

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A Ceremony for Non-Family Gatherings

(Engaging group experience created almost entirely from primary texts )

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Memory Harvest Tips

(STEP 2: Guidelines  for leader to send to Memory Harvest storytellers in advance)

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Thanksgiving Interfaith Ceremony

(Created specifically for  multi-faith group celebrations)

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A Memory Harvest

(STEP 3: Memory Harvest Group Reading for storytellers and all participants at Thanksgiving)

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(A ceremony created for the 2013 confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah)

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