Acts of kindness should be a part of our daily lives and it’s you’re never too young to learn the importance of helping others. If you want to say closer to home, think about elderly or struggling neighbors who could use a hand. It can be as simple as hanging Christmas lights, making a grocery list, or addressing holiday cards. There are opportunities for the entire family, regardless of age.
While you’re busy cooking, eating, hosting, and cleaning, a recess might not be your first thought. However, a break to get moving is a perfect way to re-energize and have some fun. There’s nothing wrong with a classic game of football, but it’s not your only option. You can take your pup to the park for some fetch, let the kids jump in a leaf pile, or even take some fun family photos! A few minutes of fresh air and some laughter will make a big difference in the rest of your day.
No matter how old you are, you will always have a hero. Someone you look up to, idolize, or just really appreciate. So what better time than Thanksgiving to let them know they’re important to you? This can be a celebrity, a soldier, a teacher you haven’t seen in 20 years. Let them know why you consider them a hero, and how they’ve made a positive impact on your life. Tell them what you admire and why you’re grateful to have met or known them. It will brighten their day as much as it will brighten yours, and you never know who might write back!
Don’t forget to let your family know you appreciate them, too. You can create a gratitude jar and fill it all year, starting on the first of November, or on Thanksgiving morning. Have everyone write on a slip of paper what they’re thankful for – no matter how large or small. Before starting dinner, evenly divide the papers from the jar, amongst your guests. Have everyone read them out loud and share. Not only will it make people feel good, but it will also encourage them to help others feel the same.
Food is a HUGE part of Thanksgiving. I’m lucky enough to have a huge supply of cherished family recipes that vary from many generations. I love the fact that I’m able to make my great-great grandmother’s pecan pie, even if her version will always be better. Try to create some classics with your family and put the old and new ones in a book. It’s simple and something the whole crew will enjoy. You can always make a few extra copies to gift to extended family!
Whether you love to sport matching pajamas or take family photos, treasure your traditions. Have fun, laugh, enjoy each others presence. Pass on these experiences to your kids and your grandkids and never forget to explain why they mean so much to you. What are some of your favorite family traditions? Leave your comments below!