With the constant hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s true that we often get caught up and forget to take a moment to remember what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about. Yes, we all love feasting on the delicious food, watching Santa kick off the holiday season in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or watching our team win the football game, but is this really what Thanksgiving is about?
Thanksgiving is a time to take pause in a crazy fast-paced world, where we often forget to just stop and breath. We neglect to look around and see all we have to be grateful for. Yes, life is full of ups and downs, but would we appreciate how amazing life truly is, if we didn’t have to struggle at times?
So take some time today to simply be thankful. Remember all the blessings you have in your life from family, pets, friends, the roof that shelters your head to even the small things like the soft, cozy sweater that is keeping you warm. No matter where you are in your life, there is so much around to be grateful for. Here are some fun, easy ways to remind your friends and family of all the things they should be thankful for…
The Thankful Pumpkin
I first came upon this idea after seeing it done at a local Starbucks in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the concept. If you have a pumpkin (real or fake) laying around, which during this season, I am sure many of you do, grab the pumpkin and set it where all your guests will see. Lay a sharpie next to it and request your guests write on the pumpkin what they are thankful for.
The Gratitude Tablecloth
This tradition was started by my brother’s girlfriend’s family and has been carried out for many years. If you don’t mind decorating one of your tablecloths in sharpie, this is a great option for you. This tablecloth has become the traditional Thanksgiving table accessory, as each year it is laid upon our Thanksgiving table. At the end of our meal, markers are passed around, where we add what we are thankful for this year, as we fill in the empty spaces surrounded by memories of the past. My favorite part of this tradition is reading what we have been thankful for years prior, and yes, there are certainly some funny ones… “I am thankful for Gilmore Girls revival”….
The Thankful Jar
In 2018, I incorporated the thankful jar into our Thanksgiving dinner. This activity is simple, and you can do it with items you have laying around the house. All you will need is a jar or some sort of container, paper cut into small rectangles and some pens. Have your guests write things they are thankful for and place their papers into the jar. If you would like, mix the papers in the jar and pass it around the table. Have each guest read one of the grateful notes.
The M&M Thankful Game
Want something a little more specific and interactive, opt for the M&M Thankful Game. On your way to your Thanksgiving feast, pick up a bag of M&M’s. When everyone is ready, around the table, pass out a few random M&M’s to each person. The color M&M will link to a thankful question the guest needs to answer. You can either follow the format listed directly to the left from Happy Go Lucky or create your own questions. Go around the room and hear what each person has to be grateful for based on their prompt. The bonus is you get to eat the M&M’s after.
I hope this post helps you incorporate gratitude into your Thanksgiving dinner.