Every year we arrive at Thanksgiving amid a hustle and bustle of cooking and preparing. More often than not we sit down for dinner and pause a moment or two to go around the table, allowing each person to name something they are thankful for.
Why not step up your game?? Spend the whole month thinking of things you are thankful for.
A few years ago I printed out a picture of a turkey on the biggest paper I could find. At the top of the paper I wrote: “THINGS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR!” Then I hung the paper on the wall along with a pen and told my family to write anything they thought of during the month. At first only one or two words were added. Gradually, over the course of the month, the kids started writing anything and everything! By the end of the month, our poster was crowded with ideas from pizza to penguins. Needless to say, our feelings of gratitude ran deeper that year, since we took the time to contemplate and focus on daily gratitude.
If you’d like to try this with your family, here’s a turkey to copy and print. Or if you want your children to be more enthused, have one of them draw the turkey. There are also other great variations on this idea. What’s important is to take time to focus on our blessings, to focus on our gratitude.
Are you ready to take on this November Challenge?
“Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes. A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Happy Thanks Giving!!
Written by Phyllis Rosen