Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because there are no gifts or high expectations of creating magical moments. It does not involve an oversized bunny, a man in a red suit, or a fairy that flies around the house. Thanksgiving is about family and remembering all the gifts God has given us. Thanksgiving is about slowing down the hectic pace of life and taking a moment to be thankful.
Over the years I have done many things with my kids to remind them of all the things we are thankful for. Many of the activities have been good writing assignments and wonderful keepsakes. When the kids were very young we made paper turkeys, wrote things they were thankful for on paper feathers, and attached the feathers to the turkey. These adorable turkey decorations can hang in your home for years to come.
As the kids got older they made place cards for the dinner table and wrote why they were thankful for each person at the table. It warms the heart to bring these out now that they are older and not quite as smitten with Mom at 15 as they were at five.
Another year, I filled a glass vase with tall twigs. Then, I put paper leaves with strings attached all over the Thanksgiving table and asked each person to write things they were thankful for on the leaves. We hung the leaves from the twigs for all to cherish.
This year I am giving each child a long scroll of paper rolled up to the size of a toilet paper roll two weeks before Thanksgiving. I am asking that they take two weeks prior to Thanksgiving to write down all the things they are thankful for on the scroll. Once it is completely full, it will be their ticket to the Thanksgiving table where they will share some of the things on their list.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all will enjoy this wonderful holiday!