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


Katrina said...

Happy Thanksgiving week, Aimee. Though I'm in Canada and have already celebrated in October, I've still been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. What a great idea to do the jar.

kelli said...

Love it!!!!

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shepherdsgrace said...

unhurried...if I could just stay out of the car for any length of time, I might get there...resting in the moment is a sweet thing I am embracing as well..even in the hurried moment..

shepherdsgrace said...

love the thankful notes idea as