Christmas is coming. The retailers won’t let us forget. It is a fun and exciting season. I enjoy the music, decorations, fun and festivities of Christmas.
I also don’t want to short change Thanksgiving. It’s easy for Thanksgiving to be little more than a day to be with family or friends and eat too much. Thanksgiving as a lifestyle is far more important.
To develop our habit of thankfulness we started a tradition. We record things we are thankful for every day of November. Everyone has to think of a new thing every day. Make it more of a challenge and have everyone think of something no one has said.
Recording our thoughts has taken many different forms over the years.
- Written on a large piece of paper
- Drawing what they are thankful for
- Add a leaf to a tree, a feather to a turkey, or something every day to build a collage of thankful thoughts
Hopefully our thankfulness leads us to gratitude. We can be thankful for something and keep it to ourselves. Gratitude is takes action to express thankfulness. Listing things we appreciate is a good first step.
Ideas to move from thankfulness to gratitude:
- Send out “Thank you” cards
- Do someone a kindness
- Speak up when you have a nice thought or appreciate something
- Praise the Lord. For real. Out loud.
As you develop thankfulness and gratitude you are preparing your heart for Christmas. Preparing to focus on Jesus. Enter the Christmas season with thankfulness and a proper perspective.
Have you worked to develop thankfulness in you or your family?