Thanksgiving Tradition – The 5 Kernels of Corn

During their first winter in America, the Pilgrims faced a season of horrible famine.

Food was so scarce that most days the Pilgrims only had a daily ration of 5 kernels of corn apiece.

How did they survive this hardship?

By giving in to bitterness and despair?


The Pilgrims chose to trust in the Lord – regardless of their circumstances.

They chose to thank Him for provision, no matter the size.

Those 5 kernels of corn were a blessing.

This Thanksgiving with your Happy Home, consider placing 5 kernels of corn (corn, popcorn seeds, candy corn, etc.) at each guest’s place setting.

Spend a few minutes before the meal going around the table and having everyone share 5 things that they are thankful for – a reminder of those 5 kernels of corn.

Or you could present a symbolic meaning of each kernel like this example found at Children’s Ministry

  1. The first kernel reminds us that God loves us.
  2. The second kernel reminds us that God provides for all our needs.
  3. The third kernel reminds us of the friends God has given us — just as the American Indians were friends to the pilgrims.
  4. The fourth kernel reminds us of all the people God has given us who love us.
  5. And the fifth kernel reminds us that God hears our prayers and answers us.

God gets us through the lean times, doesn’t He??

The 5 Kernels of Corn Thanksgiving Tradition is just the thing your Happy Home needs to celebrate the goodness of our great God! :-)

Happy 5 Kernels of Corn-ing! :-)

13 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Tradition – The 5 Kernels of Corn

  1. Thanks So MUCH for sharing this! I LOVE it & hope to begin a new tradition this year. I am so blessed by your blog – I am so thankful for YOU & the blogging ministry God truly uses for His glory :)

  2. I love this! If it’s ok with you I’d like to print this out and send copies home with all of our kids at Sunday school tomorrow- so they can do this with their families! We’ve been focusing on Gods people around the world and the issue of world hunger and this fits in so perfectly!

  3. I LOVE this! I am totally using it tomorrow morning in Sunday School with my K-3rd graders. I am blessed by your blog too. You post ideas to cover everything from stuff to do with my church to fun printables to keep the hubby happy! ;) Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and your beautiful family with us. I can’t wait to hear what the littlest buddy in your belly is!!!! Many blessings to you and yours.

  4. What a revelation; Thank you for sharing, This is something I’ll be sure to share with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Loving this one. The children will be enlighten. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

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