Back during my 30 Days to Be Positive, and especially my week-long gratitude adjustment, I put the emphasis on the small things in my life that I should always be thankful for. I recognized my blessings in my children, my health, my home, the season, things I’ve been given, and more. But this season, even though it’s the perfect time to acknowledge the things we’re most thankful for, feels like the time that we get caught up in everything else and loose track of what’s important. And above all, I want my kids to know that the holidays are a time to be give things and celebrate. And I want my kids and family to know that I am thankful for them.
I don’t take credit for this idea. It’s not original or new, but it is new to our family. I found a large jar, and made a sign that reads, “I am thankful for . . .” The idea is that my family will record what they’re thankful for. And then on Thanksgiving, we’ll share all our gratitude over turkey and cranberries. After nap time today, Julia and I talked about being thankful and the jar, and she was excited. “I’m thankful for my teddy bear,” and “I’m thankful for the kitten what Daddy gave me.” And I wrote them all down, and put them in the jar. Later, though, she looked at me as I was grabbing my keys to take her to dance class. “I’m thankful for you too, Mommy.”
It’s going to be a good 30 Days.