Giving Thanks

Many people say Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday – and for good reason! Thanksgiving is a day devoted to family and friends coming together to give thanks for their blessings and share their love.

The fact that Thanksgiving usually includes a delicious meal makes it even more enjoyable.  In addition to food, the excitement of football, the story-telling and reminiscing with family and friends, blends all these elements together to help create a very special day in our lives.

Thanksgiving is replete with family traditions. Not only the food, but the way we give thanks can be traditional. Many families hold hands around the table while each person expresses gratitude for the blessings in their lives. Others provide paper place mats for guests to write or draw something for which they are thankful. Additionally, I love the idea of playing or singing a favorite song of Thanksgiving around the table.

A friend recently told me she asks the guests around her table to write their expressions of gratitude on a slip of paper or a card.  After sharing their sentiments with all guests, the notes are put together in a canning jar in an effort to preserve and enjoy later. Put the jar on a shelf or mantle as a reminder of our blessings. You could also put the sentiments in a scrapbook year after year.

There are so many ways to keep memories alive and enjoy the times we get to share with our loved ones. If you have specific traditions you would like to share, please send them to me. I would love to hear about all the traditions followed by others.

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