We are busy.
I was corrected the other day when I exclaimed, “I can’t believe it is November already!”
The woman within earshot of my comment quickly jumped in and touted, “No, you can’t believe it is Christmas already…”
It is true. The time between Halloween and Christmas goes quick. We stop only for a brief moment to take a day off, stuff ourselves with Turkey and now, unfortunately, use the day to trample over our neighbor to get the deal on the big screen TV.
Not for me. Not the way our family rolls.
Why not take the time to prepare for Thanksgiving?
Just like for Advent/Christmas, I think the busy weeks heading up to Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reassess family and personal goals, list blessings, think about the needs of others and truly get ready to come together and “give thanks”.
Here are a couple of ideas you can do at home.
1. The Family Mission Statement
Our family did this some years ago, but it has been a life saver for us. It is a way to give our family purpose and above all helps me explain to our children why we do the things we do…..”it is a part of our mission”.
Over dinner have each person answer these three simple questions:
*When people describe our family what do you think they say?
*If we were a famous family what would be most known for doing?
*Say three words that describe our family
These questions will get the conversation going. Write down the results and then try and come up with a catchy sentence that can serve as your overall mission statement. Then, hang that baby up on the wall!
This statement encompassed a bunch of things for us….how we treat each other, how we treat others, hospitality, neatness, faith, fun and so on. This took ten minutes to make and an old frame…..
2. List Blessings
Ok. The most thinking that goes on in my house is well….
in the bathroom.
The picture doesn’t show the exact location of this, but a simple board and pen where family members can list what they are thankful for can help slow things down and remind us of the abundant gifts we enjoy in our daily lives.
It is also a way for other family members to read the list and feel cherished.
And in my house, it makes potty time a bit more cerebral…..
3. Of course, do a Thanksgiving Craft.
For this cute place card I downloaded an image of a Turkey (or you could do the ol’ trace the kiddo’s hand turkey cut out), covered a clothespin with scrapbook paper and viola….a template to write notes of thanks.
Now here is the secret…
DON’T WAIT UNTIL THANKSGIVING DAY TO DO THIS….! Have these at your family table now, so that on Thanksgiving Day you will all have a complete “Thanking Turkey” to adorn your table.
Wishing you a very mindful Thanksgiving Season….dcb