We’ve already listened to Christmas music, watched a Christmas movie and honestly, I’m chomping at the bits to decorate our house. With Truth in the Tinsel already whirlling around me, I’ve had Christmas on the brain for months!
But I feel bad for lonely old Thanksgiving. I want to celebrate it with gusto. I want my kids to feel the slowness of the day and have time to contemplate what they are thankful for.
The other day we were at the Dollar Tree (picking up stuff for Operation Christmas Child) and I saw these cute autumn colored leaf doilies. I was thinking I could make a garland with them because my cousin (who lives in California and I only see and talk to via Instagram) posted a cute picture of a thankful-leaf-garland they made. And I wanted to copy her. Because that’s what I do.
Instead, I went for the less crafty idea and we are filling this pretty glass pumpkin (Walmart, $4!!) with leaves. At every meal (and somtimes at other times during the day), the kids write down what they are thankful for and we put it in the pumpkin. Then, when we eat dinner together we pull them out to read them all. Well, actually, we haven’t eaten dinner together since we’ve started doing this–but we will tonight!
Most of the time they are writing things like, “bugs”, “water”, “sunshine”. Apparently, they are super thankful! I love it, though, because I love to see their minds and hearts work. I love facilitating a simple activity for them that actually has big repercussions!
2014 Update: The kids would not throw away any of their leaves, so when we pack away the glass pumpkin, we keep the leaves inside. So, when Fall rolls around and we unpack our (very limited) Fall decor, the glass pumpkin comes out first and the kids love reading through all the old leaves and remembering the things they are thankful for. I love it!
Do you have any thankful Thanksgiving traditions?