What I love about Thanksgiving is to be able to take a good moment to give thanks for the things we have in our lives. Better yet if we can involve the kids so we have a family activity that teaches gratitude 🙂 Here are some great ideas on Ways to Show Gratitude This Thanksgiving .
- Write a note of thanks- Write a note of thanks for those important people in your life. Tell them you are grateful for the difference they have made in your life this year. It is something that doesn’t take much time but will be greatly appreciated by the recipient. I love that you will be able to pour out as much of your heart as you deem fit for each letter recipient. This will go a long way in bonding and building relationships, don’t you think?
- Volunteer your time and services- While most of us consider family to be an important aspect of Thanksgiving, it is important to remember that not everyone has family to be with on Thanksgiving or if they do, they can’t be with them for one reason or another. Volunteering your time and services is one of the best ways to give thanks, not only on Thanksgiving but all year long. Consider spending time at your local homeless shelter, animal shelter, children’s hospital or nursing home. You can bring along small gifts, treats or toys. It will certainly mean the world to those who cannot be with their families or those without a family to be with. It also helps us keep counting our blessings.
- Make a Thanksgiving tree- I did this last New Year’s Eve and I am moving it up to Thanksgiving. It was a hit! Thanksgiving trees are not only a way to give thanks but they are also ideal as a decorative item. It doesn’t even have to be a real tree since you can create one just by using construction paper. Just cut out a tree using green construction paper and then cut out leaves using construction paper in colors like yellow, orange and red. Have the kids join in by having them write one thing they are thankful for on each leaf. When guests come over to visit during the holidays, have them write what they are thankful for as well. Then, attach the leaves to the tree. You can do this anyway you want, so get creative with it!
- Remember the small things- Giving thanks can mean something as small as a hug or kind word. People love to be hugged, no matter how young or how old they are. Hugs are one of the best ways to express gratitude, love and affection.
I hope these ideas get your “thankful” juices flowing 🙂 Don’t forget to do this as a family, include the kids! It will make for a great family tradition and a valuable lesson on how blessed we are 🙂
How will you give thanks this year?