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Poor Thanksgiving really gets lost in the holiday shuffle of things. I mean, think about it. When was the last time you walked into your favorite department store and found it decked out with turkeys and those ever-so-stylish buckled shoes the pilgrims supposedly wore?

And part of the reason behind this, I think, is that the holiday's decorations just aren't that eye-catching. Leaves? Alright, they're pretty. Indian corn? Sure, it's alright. But how on earth is either one supposed to compete against twinkling lights, sparkly white snowflakes or even a spooky skeleton?

But it got me thinking about an art project we did back in third grade around this time: tiny, edible cornucopias to put at each person's seat on Thanksgiving. Now, it's not exactly the most difficult thing to construct, but it's something I think kids could have a lot of fun with.

*Trix cereal
*Bugles snacks (you know, the ones that look like the horns)

I think the project's pretty self-explanatory, but I'll explain anyway. Use the icing as a sort of glue to stick the fruit inside of the Bugle, which serves as your cornucopia. Be careful with the amount of icing you use: too much and it'll be oozing out all over the place, but with too little you'll probably lose a piece of fruit or two.

And voila, that's it! For an added bonus, you might write out little cards explaining where the tradition of the cornucopia came from. This Web site has some helpful information.