Thanksgiving: A State of Mind

November 23, 2019

Thanksgiving: A State of Mind




Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Getting that delicious turkey ready, or even a baked ham will do, whichever your taste buds savor. Chef Peter Hermantes from Bethlehem let us in in one of his secret and delicious recipes on how to cook your turkey this year to perfection, and his recipe is as follows:

  1. First, brine the turkey (meaning put it in a huge pot and cover it with salt and water), and then add a bouquet garni, celery, carrots and onions to it. Let it soak for three days.

  2. Remove the turkey and wash it with fresh water. Season with salt, white pepper, and chicken spices. Do this both inside and out.

  3. The last part - the chef indicated the importance of this - set your oven to 150 degrees and place the turkey in the oven for five hours. Every 30 minutes to take out the turkey and marinate it with sweet paprika, olive oil, honey and cranberry syrup. The marinating part gives it the dark golden look.

Chef Peter Hermantes

With all the focus on perfecting turkeys, family activities and football, how much room do you make for praise in this season? For Christian, Thanksgiving ought to last more than just a day. As believers, our lives should reflect an attitude of thanks and praise every single day through the good times and the bad.

Psalm 9:1  I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

While you're preparing for this year's holidays' festivities, please be actively conscious where you place your focus: Jesus Christ who has given us immense reason to be grateful. 

Colossians 3:16-17 : Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Olive Wood Praying Hands Statue on Olive Wood Base

Put Jesus at the center this Thanksgiving even as you share a thanksgiving meal with your loved ones. Spend some time in prayer and praise while you count your blessings.

Psalm 95:2-3 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God,  the great King above all gods.”

Remind yourself this Thanksgiving to be truly thankful for the blessings in your life, express your gratitude to others, and allow the grace of God to illuminate your life.

Psalm 116:7 "I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord."

This Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation towards you. Without you, we would not be where we are today, and we’re so thankful for all of your love and support throughout the year. Therefore, we at Bethlehem Handicrafts would like to grab this opportunity by offering you 20% off on all of our olive wood items available on our website. The discount automatically applies and is available until 28 November. In case the the discount doesn't apply, please contact us or use this code at checkout "thanksgiving2020".

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Enjoy each and every moment of this wonderful day and be grateful to God for all the blessings. Hope this season is filled with lots of happiness, joy and wealth. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 


We, the Bethlehem Handicrafts’ team, are so proud to put the Holy Land in your hand by giving you a variety of the best and the most outstanding original Bethlehem’s olive wood carvings with the best quality made in the Holy Land.

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