Thursday, November 8, 2012

don't forget thanksgiving...

With Christmas decorations up since mid-October and so much planning involved for the holiday, sometimes it feels like we just skip right by Thanksgiving.  I know that I like to have all my shopping done before November first so Christmas is on the brain long before I start thinking about Thanksgiving, but even though I like planning ahead, I don't want to forget about this time to slow down and just be grateful for all that God's done in our lives.

All the sudden it was November 5th and it hit me that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I love this holiday. The food and family and as much as I love presents I kind of like that no gifts are involved. So, I got to thinking about a way to help the kids and I cultivate a grateful heart.
We made a count down to Thanksgiving Calendar.
 The kids helped write the numbers on the front and on the back of each day is an activity to do together. The activity is something to remind us of all the blessings in our lives. 

(this is obviously the day we found leaves outside and traced them. The kids loved playing outside and then coming in and coloring for hours.)

Here's so examples of how we did it, but I'm sure the possibilities are endless....

find leaves outside and trace them.
Thankful for the changing seasons.

write a note to a loved one.
thankful for friends and family.

give away a toy.
thankful for our imaginations and how much we've been blessed.

make dad lunch and bring it to him at work.
thankful for dada's hard work.

pray for our family.
thankful that we serve a God who listens and answers our prayers.

This is a taste of the things we'll be doing until Thanksgiving. Maybe this helps spark your imagination to find a way to remember Thanksgiving.
Leave a comment and let me know how your family celebrates. I'd love to know.


Summer said...

Yes! I loooove Thanksgiving :) It's easy to feel blessed on Christmas when your being showered with gifts. But there is something about just simply being thankful for the many things you already have and enjoy in your daily life that warms your heart! My family and I have always done a "thankful tree" where we write down what we are thankful for on leaf-shaped pieces of paper and stick them to a bare paper tree on the window and watch it slowly become full. But I love your idea of having a daily activity to remind us of what to be thankful for counting down till Thanksgiving :) And these pictures that you took of your adorable kids are just precious! I love reading your blog sooo much :) You are always so inspiring and sincere.


bandofbrothers said...

such a sweet post! i love thanksgiving too...probably even more than Christmas because it's not stressful.

love your creativity in thinking of practical ways to show your kids thankfulness!

brittany said...

your kids are SO cute!! i really love this idea. and i'm totally borrowing it. the last two years we have moved in the month of november and so we have just skimmed over thanksgiving in the hustle and bustle of moving and trying to settle in. but this year, even if we're a little late, i refuse to let that happen because we have so much to be thankful for. thank you!!

christina said...

yes! great ideas :)

adorable kiddos!

Olive Oyl said...

love that thanksgiving is a day with no expectations. it is a time where we truly think about how grateful we are for things great and small. it is just such a happy time to me.

so jealous of your beautiful fall colors!

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