Becoming Thankful at Thanksgiving

With the holiday season fast approaching, it is time to set your family goals and plans for Thanksgiving.  As holidays become more and more commercialized, it can be really tough to keep your focus on what they are all about in the first place.  This year work on Becoming Thankful At Thanksgiving.  Not only will you be able to focus more on the real reasons for this holiday, but you’ll find your stress level lowering in the process.  


Becoming Thankful At Thanksgiving

Turn Off The TV:  This can be hard for the football fans in your life, but that is what the DVR was invented for.  This year turn the TV off while you sit down with your family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner.  Take the time to talk, communicate and share stories of thankfulness with each other instead of watching the game.  You can always turn it on later I the day.

Skip The Traditional Meal:  Many of us get caught up in the struggle to make everything just perfect like Grandma did.  This year skip he traditional meal and do something simple like sandwiches, chips and dips.  You could even go so far as to order take out pizza and soft drinks.  Make the focus less on the food and more on the time together sharing thanks and blessings.

Put A Note Card & Pen At Every Seat To Record Thanks:  Have everyone write down 3 things they are thankful for on the note card at their seat.  Pass the cards around and let everyone read a different card than their own.  Suggestions are to write down a thanks for that day, that year and about the people around them.    

Invite Friends Instead Of Family:  Do you have a lot of single friends, or friends who are away from their family who might enjoy a nice place to share Thanksgiving dinner?  This year instead of hosting the extended family, ask your friends to come join you for Thanksgiving dinner.  

Donate Your Meal:  Instead of spending all of that money on a turkey dinner for yourself, find a local shelter, half way house or even a low income family to buy dinner for.  There are tons of places that host holiday meals for the homeless and low income that could use more monetary or food donations at Thanksgiving.  There may even be a few families from your church or your kids school classmates who need help paying for a meal this holiday season.

This year the best way to work on becoming thankful at Thanksgiving is to change your actions regarding the holiday.  Rather than focusing on the show and production of the perfect meal, perfect outfit or perfect yard ornaments – shift your focus to being thankful for family, friends, love, a roof over your head and a job.  There is always so much to be thankful for.  More than just one day should be celebrated.  This year shift your focus and become thankful at Thanksgiving.

Do you have any suggestions on ways to become thankful at Thanksgiving?

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Rachel B
    November 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    these are all really great tips. thanks!

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    These are some great ideas! We always try something new to eat like one year we made a ham and cheese ring!

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    jo n
    November 19, 2015 at 10:23 am

    We don’t have many people at our house for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is sort of my calendar marker to check that I have pretty much everything for the winter…canned goods, etc.

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