Try It Thursday: The Gift of Gratitude

by Kimberly Vanderpoel on November 17th, 2017

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

‘Tis the season to be thankful! Besides the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, one of my most favorite things about Thanksgiving, is the traditions of thanks we started when our children were young. Each year the tradition might look different, but the basic principle is the same…being intentional with our thanks.

The Thanksgiving Tree

Invite friends and family to share what they are most thankful for by creating a thankful tree.

Gather several tree branches in a large vase/container. Cut leaves out of construction paper in fall hues of orange, red, yellow and brown. Using a hole punch, make a hole at the base of each leaf. When guests come to Thanksgiving, ask them to write down what they are thankful for and place their leaf on the tree.

After Thanksgiving, you can add a date to each of the leaves. These make a great keepsake to reread at future Thanksgivings.


Gratitude Jar
Every day, write down what you are grateful for and add these “Gratitude Notes” to your gratitude jar. Throughout the holiday season, pour yourself a cup of coffee and take a few moments to read and reflect on your blessings.
How about you? Do you and your family have any traditions of sharing gratitude?

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