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?