Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, a time of family, laughter, gratitude and joy.
Thanksgiving is and always has been my favorite holiday. It is so unpretentious. No worrying about if you got the right gift for Uncle Mike or Aunt Martha. You don’t have to spend hours or even days decorating the house. Everything on thanksgiving revolves around sharing and caring and the dinner table.
In fact, I spend more time planning the activities for Thanksgiving than I do for most vacations.
Every year when I host Thanksgiving dinner I like to incorporate some sort of “activity” into the meal. Over the next few days I am going to share a few of the activities we have done in our home and also some that my customers and readers have shared with me. I will also link to some of the ones we have posted over the years. If you have a special activity or tradition you’d like to share, feel free to leave it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.
If you prefer, you can send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Thanksgiving Traditions” in the subject line.
Here’s one that was sent to me by Kimberly Glenn:
The Thanksgiving Tree
A few years ago, I sent out a note a few weeks before Thanksgiving asking that each person send me a list of things they appreciated about other members of our extended family. (We have 50-75 people for Thanksgiving!) I printed them on construction paper leaves and made a Thanksgiving tree that was displayed at the front of our large room. It was such a blessing to read all of the nice things about others as well as myself. I made sure that every member of the family had at least 3-4 leaves describing why people were thankful for them. There were many laughs and tears as we remembered why we love each other so much!
And here’s a couple of Thanksgiving posts from last year that you may find of interest:
Giving Thanks Around the world https://inventingwomen.com/tulipstalk/giving-thanks-around-the-world/