Four Ways to Show Gratitude this Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Did it sneak up on everyone, or just me? I often find myself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and become preoccupied with gifts, hosting, and working (a lot!). This year, I’m making more of a conscious effort to be still and to remember to stop and be thankful for my health, my life, and everyone around me. The holiday seasons are getting more and more shifted into retail holidays instead of celebrating the reason for the holidays: each other.
I am a huge advocate for spending time with family and just being with one another. I, myself, am guilty of getting caught up in the things that don’t matter. And before starting a family of my own, I want to get in a better habit of spending quality time with my husband, friends, and family.
This year, I want to share my ideas on how to show gratitude this Thanksgiving, and to remind everyone just how important the holidays really are.
B E T H A N K F U L . . .
1. Donate Food (or $) to a Local Food Bank
The company I work for partners with a local food bank here in town. We are huge advocates for that organization, so I am lucky to have that resource to donate to. I live in Sonoma County where the huge firestorm just wiped out Sonoma County communities. It’s more important now, more than ever, to donate to those families in need. Contact your local food bank to see if they are accepting perishable // non-perishable items. (If reading local – you can donate here)
2. Extend an Invitation to your Thanksgiving Get-Together
I’ve done this multiple times, but have never had my offer taken. I am a huge holiday person, and I love to spend it with a lot of people I truly care about. No one deserves to be left alone during any holiday, so extend an invitation to someone who might be missing out. You never know what that person may be going through. You might just brighten their day by simply asking!
3. Encourage “I am Thankful For…” thoughts at Thanksgiving Dinner
This is a tradition my grandma carries on every year at Thanksgiving Dinner. Once we walk across the threshold, we are required to write down three things we are thankful for. She lets us think about it for awhile and we say what we’re thankful for during grace, before dinner. I’m always amazed at how hard this task is. Just pick three?! What?! But, it’s an effective and heart-warming tradition that I will continue to carry on with my own little family.
Food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers, especially during the holidays.If your schedule permits, try to carve (get it? carve… turkey?) some time this Thanksgiving to donate your time to those in need. This is a great way to spend a few hours during your holiday. (You can plan for Christmas, too! Myself included!)
I N C L O S I N G . . .
I hope that this post inspired you to spread gratitude this Thanksgiving, and every day after.
From my family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.
xo – danielle