Showing “thanks” during Thanksgiving
If your family is anything like mine, then they do not say “thanks” or “Grace” during a Thanksgiving meal. Instead, they stand around the kitchen/dining room/living room, and eat and drink and laugh pretty much all day. I never hear the words “I am thankful for…”, but I most certainly see it in people’s faces. They are happy, and grateful to be spending time with their family.
People mill about, over-indulging in turkey, stuffing (my favorite), pies, cookies, and cakes – they typically skip seconds of the veggies, except for sweet potato pie of course. Thanksgiving is an eat-all-you-can fest, without the distraction of gifts. But, we should remember that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have in life. Thankful for your children, your parents, your families. Thankful for your health, your good fortune, and your loves. This is all great, but how do we actually show our thanks on the big day?
I thought I’d share a few thoughts on various creative ways of showing thanks on Thanksgiving, beyond the typical bottle of wine or plate of cookies (which are both great gifts, but just a tad bit common).
- Bring food, and attach 5-10 index cards with the recipe hand-written
- Write a hand-written thank you note to the host, or to whomever you want to give thanks
Complete with a hand-drawn picture of their house, a turkey, or something else fun
- Make home-made place mats (great project for children– my daughter made me a place mat in pre-school; I love it!)
Instructions: 8.5” x 11” paper, color pictures, write messages. laminate
- Bring a family photo album, so that all family members/friends can enjoy passing around old memories
- Bring a blank notebook, and magic markers. Let everyone write a little note to the host. Becomes a great memento of the holiday
- Bring an instrument and play some music during the day