Giving thanks to God for His many blessings is something we wanted our children to learn while young. The week of Thanksgiving we were especially intentional in sharing the many things we were thankful for. As you can imagine this tradition has changed shape over the years, but none-the-less it is on-going and a very special part of our Thanksgiving holiday.
When the children were real young, they drew murals. This may not display much rhyme or reason to you, but they each contributed to the picture, then shared what it was they were thankful for.
As each child progressed in school with reading and writing, they joined Hubby and I with writing a list.
We did not want this activity to become drudgery so we changed it up a bit…writing a note of thanks to each family member.
Some years we tried to see how many little papers we could fill with individual blessings.
With teenagers and busier school activity schedules, we again altered the tradition. I bought a plain table cloth and fabric markers, wrote a favorite verse of thanksgiving in the center, and after each dinner everyone writes something in which they are grateful. We have been writing on 0ur table cloth for at least 8 years now! What fun we have re-reading each years thanks and then trying to write new blessings that have not already been written.
What kind of Thanksgiving traditions do you have?
During this week of giving thanks, don’t forget to give thanks to God who has blessed you so abundantly.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercies endure forever.”