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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Creating Traditions To Celebrate Thanksgiving

In Australia Thanksgiving isn't celebrated but in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving mid October. Last year I wanted to celebrate but it never happened so this year I am determined to start the Canadian family tradition in my own family. Afterall, its a great opportunity to celebrate being grateful and teach life lessons to our children. Today I am going to share with you some fun family traditions that you can do to celebrate Thanksgiving:

Make A Small Booklet Or Album: This can be titled, "Things I Love About My Family And Friends", "Wishes For My Family And Friends" or even "Things I Am Grateful For". Each person in your family can contribute to the book and you can add to it every year.

Designate A Special Table Cloth: Allow your family to write their gratitudes or special prayers on the table cloth or leave their handprints and sign and date it. Continue to add to your table cloth every year.

Make A Gratitude Circle: Before Thanksgiving dinner have all your family members hold hands and take turns sharing what they are grateful for.

Volunteer: Volunteer together at a soup kitchen or Habitat To Humanity or give to someone that is less fortunate than you.

The Wishbone: Save the wishbone from your turkey, allow two people in your family to make a wish and snap the turkey bone in two.

Make A Gratitude Tree: Write things that you are grateful for and hang them on a tree in your home.

Do you have a Thanksgiving family tradition that I haven't mentioned? I'd love to hear about it!

1 comment:

  1. Great list! We really enjoyed making a "thankful tree" last year. My son had only just turned 2, but I took awhile to explain the concept of being thankful to him in very simple terms, and then I'd ask him every day or two to name something he was thankful for, and we'd add a leaf to the tree. It was so fun to see his responses. I posted about it here -- http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com/2009/11/thankful-tree-and-giving-tree-help-me.html.


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