Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thankful

I LOVE that Thanksgiving comes right before Christmas! I adore Christmas, truly! But unfortunately I feel it often turns into a commercial, self-serving holiday (wish lists, visits to Santa to tell him what I want, etc.) such that the true meanings of the holiday (peace, joy, love, generosity, etc) play a less-significant role than they should. So, I find it especially meaningful that Thanksgiving comes in at just the right moment to remind us of ALL we have to be grateful for. Because remembering our blessings is a GREAT cure for (what we like to call) the "gimmies"!

We often put up little "hand" turkeys with things we are grateful for, but this year we decided it would be fun to make a chain, and to see how long the chain could be. Could it be taller than Daddy? Taller than the ceiling? Taller than the HOUSE? (this is a very exciting concept to a 4 year old - something larger than a house!) Each link in the chain contained something for which our family (or a member of our family) is grateful. This is what we came up with in our first 5 minutes (currently taller than the ceiling - we will need to revisit it this week to reach our 'taller than the house' goal). In the order in which they were shouted out by excited family members: (And I have to say, our children really impressed us in their creativity! We asked them to think beyond the standard answers....and they certainly did!)

The Temple
Books
Skype (Grins! - He loves skyping family!)
Repentance
Spell check
Ears
Stickers
Prayer
Church
Eyeballs
REAL maple syrup (not the corn syrup kind!)
Computer
Crepes
Toys
Love
Daddy
Water
Mommy
Bums (We thought Grins was just being silly here but he explained that, if we didn't each have a 'bum', we wouldn't be able to rid our bodies of waste....which would make us sick.....which would be bad. So we honor the submission. lol.)
Milk
Ben and Jerry's
Scriptures
Chocolate
Jesus
Music
Angel
Toilet
Candy
Grins
Wiggles
Sleep
Food
Walls
Family
Our House
Babies
Light
Phone
Priesthood
Toothpaste
Dinner
Sisters
Eggs
Crayons
Clothing
Cameras
Coats
Swimming Pools
Clocks
Dancing
Youtube
Hair
Eyebrows
Eyelashes
Paint
Heat
Beds
Christmas
Blankets
Snuggles
Hugs
Kisses
Noses
Running Water
Electricity
Freedom of Religion
Independence
Journals
Pioneers
Explorers
Cars
Inventors
Founding Fathers
Eating utensils
Sewing machine
baby dolls
refrigerator
stoves
microwave


We will update our list when it is complete....



2 comments:

Lu said...

I love this idea! I have been trying to think of ways to make Thanksgiving more meaningful and I think this is a great one. Thanks for sharing!

Jana and Brett said...

Love the idea! I'm so stealing it for tonights FHE activity! :0) Thanks!!! Happy Thanksgiving!