It’s beginning to look a lot like… Christmas. The stores are already bustling with Christmas goodies, sales, and music. I can’t help but get in the holiday spirit but I want to be very conscious of Thanksgiving and the abundant blessings that are poured out on me and my family every day.
A family tradition that helps us show our gratitude to one another is to write little notes to each other on Thanksgiving and then we read them at the dinner table. I simply print out papers with “I am thankful for you because…” and then we fill in the rest. When the kids were little, we helped them with their notes but now they do just fine on their own. While reading the notes at dinner there is often much laughter and a few tears as well… precious memories.
Here are a few other gratitude expression ideas that were linked up to Think Tank Thursday.
Simply Creating Home came up with these darling Thanksgiving Scrolls that her family writes ways they feel thankful and then they hang them on the Christmas Tree after reading them.
Second Chance to Dream made this adorable Bucket of Blessings and then writes on stones what they are thankful for.
Apron Strings & Other Things has a tradition of making a Thanksgiving Tree. They add to it daily and by the end of the month, they are clearly aware of their abundant blessings!
Pennywise adds a little glow to the holiday decor while giving friends and family an opportunity to share what they are thankful for with these beautiful Gratitude Lanterns.
Hooah and Hiccups uses this simple Thanks jar challenging us to think about the little things in life that we should be thankful for.
Even though many of us have had some hard times this year, we still have so very much to be thankful for. I hope that we can all see Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks and not just Turkey day.
Gratitude guards the soul,