Thanksgiving is about just that - giving thanks. Too often, I take for granted all of the things I am blessed with: an amazing family, a house to live in, a car to drive, a job, friends, and food. All of these things are so important and yet I don’t spend a lot of time being thankful for them.
For me, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. The weather starts to cool off, I get to see family and catch up with them, and eat some great food! Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season and there is a good reason for that. When I am thankful for what I have, it sets the tone for this time of the year and for the upcoming season as well.
Since October, Christmas decorations and gifts are already out in the stores. Let’s all slow down a bit this season and take time to savor Thanksgiving. Here are four things I am going to try with my family this year to slow down the season:
One: Make a list of the top 20 things you are thankful for.
Just writing these down can trigger your mind and heart to be thankful. If you have kids, have each one write these out and then all come together and read them out loud.
Two: Write a letter to someone you are thankful for.
This puts that person at the front of your mind. Explain what it is about them that you are thankful for. An email or phone call can also be a great way to let someone know you are thankful for them.
(Read this article for a step by step guide of how to write an encouragement letter.)
Three: Involve your family & friends in preparing the Thanksgiving meal.
Talk about the traditions your family has around the food being served and how they were started. Who taught you how to carve the turkey? Or, why is Aunt Mary’s jello recipe a favorite to serve every year? These stories help us think about the people that came before us and how they sacrificed so we could be eating together today.
Four: Have an Attitude of Gratitude.
Every day this holiday season, make a conscious effort to be aware of the blessings around you. Identify them, meditate on them, and be thankful for them. And as you have been blessed, consider blessing others in the same way.
From my family to yours, we hope you have a thankful Thanksgiving!