You know what that means; we’re one step closer to Christmas! No wait; we have 23 Days to celebrate Thanksgiving and gratitude! Since I like to spend the last three months of the year celebrating, here are some ideas to make November extra grateful and festive.
- Change out the decorations. We take down the Jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, and leave up the scarecrows and pumpkins. Over the summer I found a cool cornucopia to add to my Thanksgiving decorations. It will look great on my kitchen table.
- Gratitude tree or some variation. For the last two years our family has recorded our blessings on paper leaves and attached them to a tree or garland. We love seeing the space fill with all that we have to be grateful for! I’m thinking of adding a twist to help us show our gratitude in addition to recognizing our many blessings. Something like, I showed gratitude for my room by cleaning it up.
- Thanksgiving crafts. Last year we made Paper Plate Owls. Anyone have any ideas for this year?
- Participate in a service project.
- Learn about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving
- Cookies! Now that the weather has cooled down, it’s a great time to do some baking. I like to stock pile cookies in my freezer, so I can relax during December.
- While I’m thinking of all those people I’m grateful are in my life, I can start gathering a gift ideas. I’ve already started pinning ideas on Pinterest.
- Read heartwarming stories.
- We love our Christmas movies and now there are Thanksgiving movies! The Hallmark Channel is airing a couple in November. We watched An Old Fashion Thanksgiving last year, based on the Louisa May Alcott book, and we enjoyed it as much as our Christmas movies.
- Make plans! Where are you going to celebrate Thanksgiving? Who’s celebrating with you? What are you going to eat? Who’s cooking what? What dishes do you need?
So I’m a nerd that enjoys all the preparations and excitement that lead up to Thanksgiving as much as the big day itself. How do you bask in the upcoming weeks of grateful hearts?