1. Slow down.
Take a deep breath. Be intentional. Be deliberate. Pay attention to the warm hearts around you. Spend more time being…than doing.
2. Don’t celebrate Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.
Take time to enjoy this fall holiday — make it special in its own right. Christmas will be here soon enough.
Skip the fancy printables. Spend time as a family enjoying great Thanksgiving books.
Think of something special you can do for someone near or far:
- A gift of time.
- A special hostess gift for the one who pulls that big dinner together (unless that is you!).
- A meal for someone without family close by.
5. Do a word study on thankfulness.
I have so enjoyed Bible word studies over the years. Digging in and seeing what the Word has to say about thankfulness is a very life-changing activity! After all, being thankful is God’s will for us.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
6. Use your gifts and talents.
One way to show thankfulness to the glory of God!
7. Listen to music.
There are many songs and hymns of the season, we just don’t hear them much anymore. Pass them along to the next generation!
8. Be Thankful.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes gratefulness goes unnoticed — even during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Remedy this one by focusing on something each member of the family is thankful for each day. Or create a thankful tree — a centerpiece for the table that can be added to each day.
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.