Posted by: Susan Gaddis | July 16, 2009

5 Ways to Make Sabbath Special

Comparing boo boos with Grandma

Comparing boo boos with Grandma

How do we make our Sabbath special? Here are 5 things you can do to make your Sabbath special regardless of what day you practice it.

1.  Connect with the Lord, your family and your friends in ways that you might not have time for during the week. Enjoy that discussion with your grandchild comparing boo boos. Engage your teenager in a topic of mutual interest. Tom and I take time to discuss a chapter in the latest Sabbath book we are reading together. Worship the Lord in a variety of ways throughout the day–music, prayer, laughter and thanksgiving.

2.  Decorate the diningroom table with candles, flowers or special table settings that are not used during the other days of the week. Many familys practice the Jewish tradition of having a set of candles the mother lights at their special Sabbath meal.

April 2008 Fairy Party 3863.  Prepare something you wouldn’t cook on a regular day. Cook as much as you can the day before if possible. If you don’t normally have dessert, fix one.

4.  Find or create a prayer specifically for the Sabbath that the family can use as grace before a meal or in family devotions on this special day.

5.  Keep a Sabbath Toy Basket tucked away until your “stop day” and then bring it out for the kids to enjoy. The basket should contain items that they don’t have to play with during the week. You can put books, dress-up clothes, a DVD, coloring or drawing supplies, a game or anything that is appropriate for the ages of your children. If you don’t have much to put in there or can’t afford to buy something new, consider shopping at garage sales or trading some toys with some friends to make this basket special.

How do you make your “stop day” different from the other days of the week? We would love to hear from you and will combine your comments into a future post. (Tell us if you don’t want your name used.)

–Susan (and yes, these photos are of Karalee, one of our granddaughters!)



  1. she’s so freaking cute

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