A Month of Thanks, a Day of Sharing Thanks
We have a Thanksgiving tradition in my family where we hold hands and go around the table and each say what we’re grateful for in the past year. Every year we laugh a little, and cry a little, as we remember fun times, as well as people whose hands aren’t there to hold. Year after year, one of my nephews is grateful for pizza.
This year, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a new home for the first time, and I thought what better time to start a new tradition? Of course, we’ll continue holding hands and sharing what we’re grateful for, but I’d like to add something of my own.
Since the beginning of the month, I’ve been writing thank you notes to people on little slips of paper that I will share with them on Thanksgiving day. Everyone will have an envelope at their seat with notes from me. Some might be big thank-worthy things, others will be just simple little things that I usually thank the person for in my head but never say aloud. I’m going to make a conscious effort to say more thank you’s out loud as well, but by writing them down, I can be sure that they are also received.
When JW is old enough, I’d like to have him do this too. I am, however, writing notes to him. These will be nice for him to have to look back on when he’s older.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions for expressing gratitude?
About Emily Carpenter
Emily is a Web Whiz, Blogger, Speaker, Student, and Mom. She is the owner of WhizBang! Web Solutions LLC, and the founder of Marvy Moms. She loves working from home so that she can be there for every possible moment with her son, JW. Learning as she goes, Emily breastfed, bought cloth diapers (but never used them), made her son’s baby food, had a family bed for nearly two years, and loves spending time with her son. Emily is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner and offers her services both in-person and remotely to people interested in this energetic healing modality. Emily is currently enrolled as a student at the American Academy of Homeopathy to become a Certified Classical Homeopath and has earned a diploma in botanical medicine at Botanical Medicine Institute. She is also a Certified Aromatherapist, and received her training from Aromahead Institute.
Dian Schmitz Dutro
November 12, 2012 @ 8:08 pm
Thank you my sweet Emily. Love—-MoM