With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are reminded to be thankful for the good around us. We needn’t wait for a holiday to celebrate the things we’re thankful for. Gratitude is good for you, so surround yourselves with your loved ones and start celebrating! What can you do? Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.
Create a RAK Jar (Random Acts of Kindness)
Every day, randomly do something kind for someone else. Write it on a strip of paper and place it in a jar. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, your family will be brimming with happiness. Bring the jar out on Thanksgiving day and read the random acts of kindness together. If you really enjoyed this, try it for a full year. It’s amazing how much happiness you’ll find when you’re actively being kind or helpful to others.
Bake Up Memories in the Kitchen
Make a little party or play date out of it. Everyone brings their favorite Holiday cookie recipe and you make a day of baking, laughing, and loving. Everyone goes home with a plate of delicious holiday cookies.
Get Toasty by the Fire
Do you have a fire pit on your patio? Curl up in warm blankets in front of the fire, sip on hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and roast marshmallows. Enjoy the last bits of autumn outside. Too chilly? Enjoy the fireplace inside!
Thanksgiving Celebration Tablecloth
Want a great way to record what you’re thankful for each year? Buy a plain tablecloth and provide fabric markers for your guests to write what they’re thankful for. Ask that they sign and date each message. Use this tablecloth year after year as a family tradition.
Show Your Gratitude to an Unsung Hero
Get together with your family and decide on a person or a group in your community who could use an extra pat on the back, ie. firefighters, soldiers, police officers, volunteers. Put together a special plate of goodies and deliver it (or pack it up for shipping) as a family.
Visit the Craft Shows, Farmers Markets, and Parades
Plenty of family fun can be had locally. You can find a list of many events in the Chicagoland area on our Event Calendar.
Spending a holiday with people who are less fortunate tends to remind us to be grateful for all that we have. It’s truly rewarding to help others in need. HandsOn Suburban Chicago is a great site that helps match those that want to volunteer with opportunities to serve their community.
Keep A Family Gratitude Journal Throughout the Year
Each night, a family member can share something that they are thankful for. Share the highlights of this family tradition at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.
Start an Exchange with Your Friends, In Your Neighborhood, or at Work
Who doesn’t like a little surprise? You’ve Been Gobbled! is a fun little exchange where you secretly leave a treat on the doorstep of a neighbor along with the Gobble, Gobble poem that gives simple instructions to keep the game going.
Play a Game
Enjoy a little laughter with your friends and family by playing a fun game. Turkey Feathers is a fun game the adults and children can enjoy together. Need more? Here’s a great list to get you started.