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.
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.
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,
Thank you, Carrie, for featuring our Thanksgiving Tree. We always have a lot of fun with it and I hope it blesses others as well. Looking forward to putting some of these other ideas into practice, too. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
With all the Christmas in the stores right after Halloween, I wondered if I’d missed the memo that there’s no Thanksgiving this year. Only here in blogland (well, I don’t watch tv) have I seen Thanksgiving things. So good to see. An Aldi ad on tv during the news hubs has to have to eat breakfast showed reindeer exiting their store. Not Thanksgiving grocery ad, Christmas already. Puzzling.
pearl maple says
lovely ideas for keeping the thanks in thanksgiving, it is my favourite holiday, being grateful for all that is good in our world is something we should find more time for