If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. M. Eckhart
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Unlike Christmas, there’s no stress of running around for weeks prior buying presents, usually no snow preventing us from traveling and spring is still so far away that I don’t feel guilty about every calorie I consume during our delicious feast.
Most importantly, Thanksgiving is the time where we have an opportunity to reflect on our blessings and be grateful for all that we have. At our home, everyone at the table gets the opportunity to share what they are grateful for. This exchange often leads to laughter, smiling and sometimes grateful tears.
I love the idea of expressing gratitude both in spoken and written word and found a fantastic way to display “thankfulness” in your home from JDC.
JDC created a set of cards to help encourage thankfulness at the table. Put one “thankful card” at each place setting at the the Thanksgiving table and have your family and friends fill them out and share with each other.
After the cards are read collect them and turn them into tags and hang them on your thankful tree. These become instant treasures and can be hung each year.
This is a great conversation starter and if you have “comedians” in your family like I have in mine you will get a laugh or two out of it. Kids and their unpredictability always add a fun twist as well. Pay special attention to their adorable spelling.
You can continue this tradition each year, with the rule that you can not repeat the same thing from a past years card. Your guests will look forward to seeing their cards from past years and watching your tree grow with gratitude each year.
Having a “thankful tree” is a great way to instill the importance of having a thankful heart in each of your guests hearts regardless of their age.
Learn how to make these tag: read more.
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