Monday, November 24, 2008
A Thankful Jar
If you want a simple new tradition to begin the celebration of Thanksgiving now, here it is!
Get out a jar or a bowl and place it in the center of your kitchen table with some slips of paper and a pen next to it. Throughout the next few days, everyone in the family can write things that they are thankful for during the day and drop it into the jar. If you want to be more creative, cut your slips of paper in the shape of leaves using lots of different autumn shades of card stock.
On Thanksgiving Day as you eat or even before/after the meal, let each person draw a slip out and read the things that everyone is thankful for. This should be very encouraging and maybe even bring some laughs! If you decided to make leaves, now you could string them up on a twine garland and hang it up across the wall so that everyone can enjoy it for a few days. Or just put some double-sided tape on them and stick them up on the wall or windows!
Here's to creating a lifestyle of gratitude with our families...this could be a tradition we carry the whole year through!
photo by Ankou