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November 25th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Everyday Gratitude

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At the Thanksgiving table we always list all the things we are grateful for. But after, the focus turns to Christmas and we tend to get sucked into the latest and greatest things, and become busy with shopping, parties, etc. It’s important for children to understand how lucky they are to have people who love them, clothes, food, shelter, clean water, etc., that other kids around the world might not have. Try to take some time in everyday life to keep the focus on gratitude.

Why only talk about the things you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving? Why can’t gratitude surround the table every night? Start by having each person in your family list three things they’re grateful for each day. It can be as simple as:

  • The sun is shining and we got to go outside and play.
  • Mom made my favorite brownies.
  • Its Taco Tuesday and that’s my favorite meal.
  • I got to stay in my pajamas a little later than usual.

If your kids are old enough, they can even start a journal. Take a simple notepad and decorate it with stickers, have them draw pictures and use it to write things they are thankful for. It gives them something to look back on and see what things they were most grateful for at certain times in their lives.


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November 15th, 2013 at 6:42 am


turkey-boyI am still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away. I feel like fall just started and time is going by way too fast. Dare I say that in a blink of an eye  it will be the end of the year!

In the last two years that I have blogged for Garanimals, I am truly grateful for all of you! I am also grateful for many of the same things as I posted here. The Garanimals bloggers have produced  some great Thanksgiving posts and I wanted to recap some of them here :

I love the ideas for the children’s table for Thanksgiving. There are some wonderful ideas to keep the kids busy and fun ideas to make the tablescape fun. Speaking of tablescapes, Liz recently wrote a great post on creating your Thanksgiving tablescape. I will definitely be using some of her advice. Or have your kids create the decorations.

If you are starting to think about your Thanksgiving menu, there is an app for that. Just in case you were wondering.

It is amazing how different areas of the country and heritages celebrate Thanksgiving. I am Norwegian, so our Thanksgiving table holds lefse, as my Italian friend has lasagna on hers. If you want to add some ethnicity to your Thanksgiving check out the ways to add a Latino twist.

The whole premise of Thanksgiving is based on recognizing things you are thankful of.  I posted some touching ideas for helping your kids recognize what they are thankful for. We still do a form of this today. An easy way to do this for beginners is a gratitude turkey. You can even start to make your children think about gratitude all year long.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, take some time to think about what the holiday is really about. Take the next two weeks to reflect on what you have to be thankful for and make this Thanksgiving extra special!


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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