Thanksgiving in a Box Kit

Give Thanks!!!

D&C 98:1 In everything “Give Thanks

President Gordon B. Hinckley has taught: “Gratitude” is of the very essence of worship. … When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 250).

Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.

Since our Missionaries are so far away from home we thought we would send a little part of our traditional Thanksgiving meals to them to let them know how thankful we are for them!  We also wanted to STUFF them full of love with lots of fun letters, quotes, and other fun Fallish Goodness.

If you would like to send your own Thanksgiving care package check out the kit we put together to help you do just that!

Your 16-Page Kit will include the following:

✔ 1-Introduction Letter with easy to follow instructions to help you put together the Perfect Care Package.
✔ 4- Large (11.5X8.5″) Adjustable Stickers to decorate your 4 box flaps of your shipping package. Just peel and stick! (These stickers are designed to fit a USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box and large UPS boxes. The stickers can also be easily trimmed to fit a USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box as well as some Medium and Small UPS boxes or use your own box.) * Please note the kit does not include the actual box,
✔ 1-Box Introduction Letter to be placed in your Box right before you tape it up. This unique design lets your Missionary know the theme of your care package and that something special has been created just for them!
✔ 1-Page of Unique Envelope Designs that you can adhere to the front of your Letter to your Missionary and their Companion! This page is also printed on sticker paper – so you just need to cut them out and adhere to any envelope of your choice. It’s that easy!
✔ 1-Custom Missionary Letter for you to include with your personal Letter to your Missionary.
✔ 8-Pages with 28 Custom Tags and Quotes that can be used to put together your Missionary Thanksgiving in a Box to continue with your care package theme.

★ For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box – Look Below!

HINT: If your Missionary is serving outside the United States be sure to check the mailing restrictions of food items that you should not send to their temporary country.

Gobble Gobble!  I Yam So Thankful For You!!!  Don’t forget to write down what you’re Thankful For!  Missionaries always love extra mail – even when it comes inside a Box!  It would also be nice to throw in an extra card for your missionaries companion.

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix
Bugles: Shaped like the cornucopia, a symbol of our abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom from those who founded our country.
Candy Corn: The sacrifice of the pilgrim’s first winter. Food was so scarce they survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
Nuts/Seeds: Promise of future harvest – only obtained if we plant and nourish with diligence and faith.
M&Ms: Memories of those who came before and lead us to a blessed future.
Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

We are so Thankful for our Missionaries!!!

Print off the following Conference Talks and Stories:

· General Conference April 2007: Gratitude a Path to Happiness by Bonnie D. Parkin – former Primary General President
· Ensign September 2001: Live in Thanksgiving Daily by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
· General Conference October 1992: Remember Also the Promises by Jay E. Jensen Of the Second Quorum of the Seventy
· General Conference October 1998: Think to Thank by Thomas S. Monson First Counselor in the First Presidency
· Ensign July 1987 First Presidency Message: Taking the Gospel to Britain by President Gordon B. Hinckley First Counselor in the First Presidency
· Church News 3 September 2017: Viewpoint: A Thankful Heart is The Remedy for a Sore Heart.
· General Conference April 2014: Grateful in Any Circumstance by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
· General Conference October 2017: The Heart of the Widow by Elder O. Vincent Haleck.

Alma 34: 38

38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and…

Alma 32: 28

28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed . Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart , behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief , that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts;… 

Thanks for being the Sower of the Seeds!

Acorn Bites!  You’ve probably seen these on Pinterest but they are so adorable that I just couldn’t resist making some and sending them to our missionaries.  Truth be told, I think when I first saw them I may or may not have let out a little scream of excitement.  Yup.  They are just that cute.  They are super easy, way fast, relatively inexpensive (I say ‘relatively’ simply because they make a TON so you can send out lots or give some away to family and friends), and YUMMY!!  I’d give credit but these are seriously EVERYWHERE on the web…
Supplies needed:
Mini Vanilla Wafers – (I found these in our local supermarket.  They come in the same size box as the regular Vanilla Wafers.)
Hershey Kiss candy
Peanut Butter Chips  (Like chocolate chips only peanut butter!  You can find these by the chocolate chips in the baking section of your local grocer.)
Caramels (optional)
Begin by unwrapping your Hershey Kisses then melt a small amount of your peanut butter chips.  The peanut butter chips will be your ‘glue’ to attach everything together OR you could use peanut butter chips to attach the acorn’s stem (because it’s the same color and shows more) and then use melted caramel to attach the cookie to the kiss.  If you opt for the peanut butter/caramel version you will only need a small amount of melted chips and your finished version will taste just like a Twix candy bar.  Seriously YUMMY!!  Dip the bottom of your Hershey Kiss into the melted peanut butter chips or caramel. Wipe off some of the excess on the edge of the bowl and apply your Mini Vanilla Wafer.  I’ve also seen this done with Mini Nutter Butter Cookies and while I do like the added texture to the top of the acorn, I didn’t want to have to take the cookies apart.  You don’t need very much ‘glue’ otherwise it will squish out around the edges and look messy.  Yup.  Learn from my experience.  On the bright side:  You can eat your mistakes!  Lay them aside on a cookie sheet to set up a bit.  Following the same procedure, attach the peanut butter chip ‘stem’ to the top of your acorn and set aside.  It doesn’t take long for them to set up.  Put your treats in a mini plastic paint pail (found at your local craft store) or in Ziploc baggies.

Turkey Toes!  Remember to stay on your toes as a servant of our Savior Jesus Christ.

D&C 6: 9

9 Say nothing but repentance unto this generation; keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.

To create your own Turkey Toes treats you can find clear plastic tubes with lids (approx. 7-3/4-inches tall and about 1-1/4-inches across) at your local craft store or on Amazon. Fill the tubes with Thanksgiving Tri-Colored Candy Corn Candies then add tag with red/white craft ribbon.


Turkey Facts

Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.
88% of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, 22 million on Christmas and 19 million turkeys on Easter.
Since 1970, turkey production in the United States has increased nearly 110%.
In 2013, 242 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States.
In 1970, 50% of all turkey consumed was during the holidays, now just 29% of all turkey consumed is during the holidays as more turkey is eaten year-round.
Turkey hens are usually sold as whole birds. Toms are processed into turkey sausage, turkey franks, tenderloins, cutlets and deli meats. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
The male turkey is called a tom. The female turkey is called a hen.
The wild turkey is native to northern Mexico and the eastern U.S. The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century.
Tom turkeys have beards. That is comprised of black, hair-like feathers on their breast.
Turkeys can see movement almost 100 yards away. Turkeys can see in color. Turkeys do not see well at night.
Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago.
Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs.
In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.
Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.
Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, California, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio were the leading producers of turkeys in 2011-2012.
A 16 week old turkey is called a fryer. A 5 to 7 month old turkey is called a young roaster and a yearling is a year old. Any turkey 15 months or older is called mature.
The ballroom dance the “Turkey Trot”was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.
Turkeys do not really have ears like ours, but they have very good hearing.
A large group of turkeys is called a flock. Turkeys are related to pheasants.
A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They prefer oak trees. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 mph and can run 20 mph.
Wild turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900’s. Today there are wild turkeys in every state except Alaska.
Turkeys are believed to have been brought to Britain in 1526 by Yorkshire man William Strickland. He acquired six turkeys from American Indian traders and sold them for tuppence in Bristol.
Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey eating fashionable at Christmas.
200 years ago in England, turkeys were walked to market in herds. They wore booties to protect their feet. Turkeys were also walked to market in the United States.
For 87% of people in the UK, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional roast turkey.
Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over.
June is National Turkey Lover’s Month.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons”it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
The National Thanksgiving Turkey has been the Grand Marshall in the Thanksgiving Day Parade at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida for the past four years.
The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey are in a sandwich, stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness.
According to the 2007 Census, there were 8,284 turkey farms in the United States.
Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
White meat has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat.


Shopping List Ideas:

Grocery Store

2 Idahoan Mashed Potato packets (4.1 oz. each)
2 McCormick’s Turkey Gravy Packet
1 Pkg. Kraft Stove Top Stuffing mix (6 oz.)
1 Pkg. Marie Calendar’s Original Corn Bread Mix (1lb.)
1 14 oz. Can Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 15 oz. Can of Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 12 Fl. oz. Can Evaporated Milk
2 Pkgs. of 6 Keebler Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (4 oz.)
1 Pkg. instant chocolate pudding
1 Pkg. Instant Pudding
1 21 oz. Can Caramel Apple Pie Filling
Kroger Caramel Apple Dip
1 pkg. Concord Foods Caramel Apple Wraps (Makes 5)
Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix
Betty Crocker Pumpkin Bar Mix
Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix
1 McCormick Ground Cloves (.9 oz.)
1 McCormick Ground Ginger (.9 oz.)
1 McCormick Ground Cinnamon (2.37 oz.)
Gourmet Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn (16 oz.)

WalMart Store
Frito Lay Munchies Peanuts Salted individual packets
Chap Stick Pumpkin Pie Lip Balms
Thanksgiving Ribbon (Multiple Designs)


Hobby Lobby Crafts

Sunny Seeds – Chocolate covered Sunflower Seed Tubes
David’s Pumpkin Seeds individual packets
Gum Balls in Plastic Sleeve (for Gobble Gum)
(Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.)

Dollar Tree Store
Charms Candy Corn Pops Suckers pkg.

Craft Store
Small Plastic Craft Pails (for Gobble Gum)
Small Plastic Tubes w/ Lid (for Turkey Toes)

Deseret Books
10 Note Cards w/ Envelopes ‘With Love From the Mission Field’ pack
10 Note Cards w/ Envelopes ‘Merry Christmas From the Mission Field’ pack (I threw in these two packs of note cards so my missionary would have some cards to write friends and family for Christmas.)