How To Put Thanks Into Your Thanksgiving is something I have decided to really focus on this year. It can easily be accomplished with these simple ideas.
Let’s face it. The holiday season has become more and more commercialized as the years pass. We find ourselves forgetting what the real reason for the seasons are, and the result is frustration and dread instead of joy when this time of year approaches. This year I aim to help you Put Thanks Into Your Thanksgiving. Let this holiday season begin without the frustration you might have felt in years past. Enjoy it for what it was traditionally meant to be. I’m focusing on these four simple things that you can easily do to Put The Thanks Back Into Your Thanksgiving too.
HOW TO PUT THE THANKS BACK INTO YOUR THANKSGIVING
Skip Black Friday. Sure we all love a great sale, but in the last 10 years the trend of Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving Thursday has caused many a family to be apart on what should be a holiday of love and togetherness. Instead of hitting the stores all day Thursday and Friday, plan a list and shop online or work on grabbing deals at other times. The extra $5 you save on a toaster isn’t worth missing out on your daughters first homemade pumpkin pie, or the possible last Thanksgiving dinner with your grandparents.
Create A Thanks Bucket. Start the first day of November and have everyone in the family put a note into a bucket or jar each day stating one thing they were thankful for that day. It can be as simple as “not having to wash dishes” or as meaningful as “having a supportive spouse”. On Thanksgiving Day go around the table drawing out a note and reading all the things you have been thankful for already that month.
Have a Potluck Meal. The first Thanksgiving was a potluck meal when everyone brought what they had together to share a meal. This year skip the huge traditional meal. Ask friends and family to come over and bring their favorite dish. They don’t have to be holiday themed or classic dishes. Just bring something that you enjoy and want to share. Instead of one person being stuck in a kitchen stressing over the stuffing all day, everyone can share and enjoy love, laughter and moments of thankfulness.
Volunteer To Serve Others. This one is quite simply the hardest, yet most rewarding way to spend your Thanksgiving. Nothing will make you more thankful for the blessings in your life than to see how others are struggling in your own community. Volunteer to feed others at a shelter or soup kitchen instead of hosting your own meal. Go home and appreciate your family, home and belongings even more, because you realize you are truly blessed to have them.
These simple things are just a small beginning of the many ways you can learn how to put the thanks back into Thanksgiving this year. By allowing yourself to let go of the preconceived notions of what the holiday should be like, you can open yourself up to immense blessings in the world and family around you. What things are you doing to help yourself and your family focus on THANKS this time of year?