Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays! Family, food, and the chance to focus on all our blessings! I love the hustle and bustle of Christmas, but I think Thanksgiving is the perfect way to start the most wonderful time of the year! How does your family set the tone? How do you guys focus on gratitude and your blessings?
I’ve always loved all the cute gratitude trees. You know, write something you’re grateful for everyday on a leaf and hang it on a tree? Sure! We decided to do it this year–kids love it! But to take it a step further, I thought it might be nice if we had a little more focus.
I came up with a list of questions that we could pull from each day. These questions are specific and varied, so we’re thinking of all kinds of blessings we’ve been given. They’re easy enough for little kids to answer, but also get them thinking beyond the tangible things. And of course, I’ve included them here for your family to print and use!!
I typed up the questions, cut them into strips, and each evening before dinner someone randomly pulls one from a jar. Then we all go around the dinner table and share our answer, write it on a leaf, and the kids go tape it up on our paper tree. Can I just say, I’m LOVING it! It makes dinner time so much more special, and it warms my heart to NO end to hear what my tiny children can recognize as blessings in their lives.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said about gratitude: “Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances–whatever they may be.” This was my goal–to create a spirit of gratitude in our home.
Tonight’s question was “What’s great about the place you live?” Since we recently moved I thought this would be an interesting one (transitions are tough for all of us!) The answers ranged from, “I’ve made lots of new friends.”–my 5-year old, “Our calm streets and neighborhood.”–My husband. And from my 3-year old: “Um…being with you guys?” My heart=mush.
I’ve included 20 questions you can use, if you want to try this with your family. Print them off on cardstock and cut them into strips. Choose one to discuss at dinner and if you’re up for it record it on a leaf or in a journal or something. Either way, you will truly enjoy the spirit that comes from recognizing the hand of the Lord in all things. He is truly so good!