What family doesn't wish their children were more grateful for all that they have, for all they've been given? What adult doesn't spend at least part of Thanksgiving Day reflecting on their blessings, and resolving to be more thankful in the coming year?
We started a new tradition this year: a thankfulness tree. I'd read about it last year - too late to do it - and resolved that, just as we spend a month preparing for Christmas, I wanted to spend a month preparing for the feast of Thanksgiving, and all the gratefulness that this holiday [ideally] entails.
The tree was cut freehand out of kraft paper, and slapped up on the wall of a Sunday afternoon. I let the kids cut out the leaf shapes, and each night after dinner we've spent a minute or two trying to figure out what we're grateful for that day.
Annika: "Thankful for 'nack'!" (Snack)
Lars: "Thankful for Daddy playing with me on the floor"
Cecilie: "Thangful fr Granmo" [we've been letting her write her own]
Mommy: "Thankful for red wine and faraway friends"
Daddy: "Thankful for Friday"
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Most of all, this year, I am thankful for the wisdom to be thankful. That itself was the gift of 2009.