Last year we started a really fun tradition of making a thankful chain during the month of November. Most nights after dinner, each family member wrote what they were particularly thankful for that day on a piece of paper and we stapled them together in a chain.
This is a tangible way to focus on being grateful the whole month of November. We’re going to start again this weekend and add right on to our chain from last year! I love the idea of all these grateful sentiments linked together from different people and different years. We’ll definitely hang it in the dining room for Thanksgiving dinner!
Now, kids are kids. That’s why I said most nights we did it! I didn’t make a child participate if he didn’t want to. It seems counterproductive to make someone be grateful, haha!
We didn’t finish all the strips last year and that’s ok. Some nights Marcello wasn’t home or I just forgot about them. Some nights we did two. The point isn’t to be perfect, the point is to focus more on having a grateful heart.
Here is our little thankful station with strips of paper, pen and stapler. We’ll see how long the stapler will last — because three year olds. And six year olds. And seven year olds.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
What are you most thankful for this year?