I love Thanksgiving! Okay, did you just look at the calendar? Yes, I know we’re still in October, but it will be November before we know it and Thanksgiving does come a little bit earlier this year! I’m not trying to rush it. I absolutely love this season of the year. The brilliantly colored leaves and cooler weather are so refreshing. The requests for pumpkin cream cake have already begun from my girls. That is a sure sign of Fall! I enjoy focusing on gratitude, abundance and thankfulness all year round, but the fact that there is a national holiday to celebrate thanksgiving is icing on the cake for me!
I must confess, it probably can be said that I am the "Pollyanna" of my family. I decorate for Fall and proudly display a small assortment of "abundance" odds and ends that I have found here and there. Regardless, my family is hardly ever on board with me wanting to play the "abundance" game! (It is much like Pollyanna’s "glad" game!) So here’s my idea to try and encourage gratitude for this Thanksgiving season in my home. It takes a little bit of preparation, which is why I’m writing it two weeks before November 1.
I have a unique metal cornucopia that I put in our dining room. I am going to have a variety of pieces of cardstock in various Fall colors cut into rectangles and squares. Most I will stamp journaling lines on, some I will add quote marks to, others brackets or parentheses. I will have them available in baskets in our kitchen and living room. Everybody who visits our home will be encouraged to write down something they are grateful for and my family will be encouraged to write down one a day, starting November 1. (If they would like to do more, that’s great too!) We will just drop them into the cornucopia and pull them out to read them at Thanksgiving. I’m hoping it will remind us of all the little things that bless our days and prepare our hearts for the season. It will also serve as a great reminder of the friends that pass through our home throughout the month. Rather than throw them away, I will transfer them to a paper bag "album" and have a great memento of Thanksgiving 2007!
I encourage you to begin thinking now about how you can keep the "thanks" in your Thanksgiving holiday celebration. It may take a little bit of preparation but whatever you decide to do, I also encourage you to keep it simple so that you can enjoy your family in the process.