A Creative Idea to Try This Thanksgiving

blogthanksplacecard1As an only child, I was blessed to have a large extended family that gathered every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins. I didn’t realize the depth of that blessing until it was over, and especially so after my grandparents passed away.

Gratitude was never meant to be confined to one day on a calendar.

A few years back, Brian and I brainstormed specific ways we were thankful for those who would soon sit around our Thanksgiving table. We jotted down both serious and funny reasons on slips of paper and put them in tiny Thanksgiving-themed bags. I printed off simple tags that read Why We’re Thankful for You, tied them to the bag, added their name and used them as place cards.

After we finished eating that night, each person took a turn drawing a slip of paper from their bag. Reading each one aloud added meaning to our time, as well as much laughter, and for this, I am thankful. {In the future, I may get everyone involved by asking them to write down their own “thankful” ideas prior to our meal.}

Practically any place card can become a personal opportunity to show our gratitude. The tent-type works especially well.

Thankfully, it’s not about our level of craftiness—it’s about finding simple, meaningful ways to show our gratitude towards another person—and there’s no better season to put our feelings into action.

I pray that you and those you love will have a very blessed Thanksgiving. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4
Searching for other creative ways to show your gratitude? You’ll enjoy these ideas from Family Life:

Cathy Baker

Cathy Baker is an award-winning writer and author of Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach as well as Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Mountains. As a twenty-five-year veteran Bible instructor, she's led hundreds of studies and workshops. She's also contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Upper Room, and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family. In addition, her poetry can be found in several popular anthologies. She and her husband, Brian, live in the foothills of the Carolinas where she one day hopes to have her very own Goldendoodle. Subscribe to Cathy's blog and receive a free e-book, Praying In Every Room of Your Home. http://www.cathybaker.org

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