As I mentioned in the last post, Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday! While we should, of course, be Thankful for our Blessings every day of the year, Thanksgiving time serves as a good reminder to stop and take stock of all of the good things that we have in our life. Each year at this time, I like to make a list for myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. It’s good to look back to this list from time to time, particularly when having a “poor me!” kind of day (which we ALL have sometimes, don’t we?) Seeing all the good things in my life written down in black and white really puts things in perspective.
I like to encourage the rest of the family to take stock of their Blessings as well, so each year during the week before Thanksgiving we gather together to make a Thankful Banner. We have done this craft together every year since the children were really little! I cut leaf shapes out of card stock or construction paper, and we all sit around the table and write things we are thankful for on the leaves. When all the leaves have a Blessing on them, I tape them along a string of raffia to make a pretty banner. We often end up having some nice discussions while working on this together… the process of this project is just as wonderful as the finished product.
Another bit of Thanksgiving craftiness we’ve begun planning is our Thanksgiving table centerpiece! I’ll be sharing that project with you next post!