With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I've been giving a lot of thought to gratitude lately. This year, I want to create a family tradition for Thanksgiving that makes sharing our gratitude fun and really helps us focus on what we are thankful for.
I have a wonderful book called The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everydays by Meg Cox. She gives so many great ideas for creating special family traditions that it's a wonderful thing just to browse through when you want a neat new way for your family to refocus and reconnect.
Here are a few of the ideas I'm considering:
1) The Gratitude Tree - You create a large tree on a sheet of paper and put it up on the wall. Each person gets a bunch of construction paper leaves and writes down things that they are thankful for. Then, taking turns, each person gets to share their leaves and explain why they are thankful for that thing before attaching it to the tree. I love how this focuses everyone on a single activity so our gratitude sharing isn't overwhelmed by food (or football). :-)
2) The Thankful Box - This one takes place during the meal, but it sounds like such fun! Each person writes the things they're thankful for on a sheet of paper and puts them into a shoebox. During the meal, the papers are read aloud and everyone tries to guess who wrote what.
These are just two possible ideas, so I would love to hear about other Thanksgiving traditions! How do you show gratitude on Thanksgiving in your family? And for those of you abroad who don't celebrate the US Thanksgiving holiday, what traditions do you have for showing gratitude in your family?