For obtaining partners, fill a pumpkin rind with nuts, which have been opened, had the meat taken out, some token of the fate placed inside, and glued together again with a ribbon attached to each. Those drawing nuts having the same coloured ribbon are partners. The one whose nut has a ring in, is to be married next; if a coin, he is to be the most wealthy; if a Button, a spinster all her life. The other nuts may have slips of paper with prophecies written on them. A bag filled with nuts may be tied up tightly and hung in a doorway. One of the players is blindfolded and given a stick with which he is to hit the bag as hard as he can, thus breaking it, and scattering the nuts on the floor. The one who succeeds in gathering the greatest number of nuts will be the luckiest during the year. Fill two large pans with sawdust. Bury in one pan pieces of paper bearing a rhyme about one's future, these can be about the ladies for the men to draw, and in the other pan verses for the ladies to draw. The papers are folded up tightly. The ladies and gentlemen take turns putting in their thumbs. As soon as a verse is found it is read aloud. Example for the men to draw: 'Medium height, eyes of blue, Charming girl is awaiting you.' For the ladies: 'Tall and slight, with red hair, Fond of walking and fresh air.'
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Hunt The Squirrel
To amuse the children after the Thanksgiving dinner, ask them all to join hands and form a ring. One is chosen out and is given a nut which he is to drop behind some child. As he walks around the outside of the ring he says: 'Hunt the squirrel in the woods, I lost him, I found him. Hunt the squirrel in the woods, I lost him, I found him. I won't catch you, and I won't catch you, But I will catch you.' As he says the last line, he drops the nut behind some child. That one must pick it up, and run around the circle, trying to reach his place before the other one gets there. If he fails, he is out and the game continues as before.