The following post was written by contributor Christen Babb of Nurture Baby.
Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. Yes, there’s the planning, the grocery shopping, and many hours in front of the stove, but I consider this holiday to be the calm before the storm, the last chance to breathe before the busy holiday season. It’s a time to celebrate our faith, family, and friends and meditate over the many rich blessings we have in our lives.
My goal is to teach my children to savor Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving’s sake. Too often, we become bogged down with never ending holiday to-do’s, shopping lists, and parties galore. We forget to say “thanks” in the midst of our abundant blessings.
Teacher Thank You’s
In an effort to teach my daughter to count those blessings, I let her choose a couple people she wanted to pay special thanks to. This year, she picked her two preschool teachers. We decided to make simple, homemade “Thanks for Giving” bags to let them know we love and appreciate them.
Knowing a few things her teachers like gave us a little bit of a head start. For example, we know one teacher collects unique salt and pepper shakers, the other likes a specific kind of chocolate.
We chose to keep our bags simple and decorate colorful paper bags with her teachers’ favorite colors – filling it with and a few inexpensive, yet thoughtful gifts (dollar store finds work really well here). Keep in mind, you don’t necessary have to know what your recipient likes. Any handcrafted creation made from the hands of a thankful child will warm her heart.
This fun exercise serves as a special reminder to give thanks to the special people in your children’s lives. Equally important, it teaches your children the unmatched joy of giving.
How do you teach your children to say “thanks” in the midst of a busy holiday season?