Autumn is a time of the year I love because of all the reflection we see on giving thanks and the season of Jesus’ birth and traditions. I’m thankful every single day and do not take anything for granted. Just waking up to a new day is a blessing. Waking up with a grandson in bed with us or one in his crib in our bedroom is even more of a blessing.
One of the new traditions I started this year was to buy a simple strip of a soft burlap fabric and add it to my Fall decorations. I have this on our kitchen table and will be asking all those who come to visit to write something they are thankful for. I know I didn’t do so well on the printing, but hey there is next year and a new strip.
I grew up in a family of traditions I love. One was we always joined hands around the Thanksgiving table and recited the Lord’s prayer. I even remember doing that as a 5-year old. It came from my Dad’s side of the family. He and my Mom are no longer with us, but when my sisters and our families join together at Thanksgiving or Christmas The Lord’s Prayer is a special part of it.
Dad also used to write poems for the holidays. One Thanksgiving he wrote a poem and my little cousin and niece were dressed in pilgrim costumes Mom made and recited it. Another year he wrote one about all the cabbage patch kids they had bought for the grandchildren for Christmas. Precious memories.
Lastly, we always pause and reflect on some special blessing throughout the year. I remember the first one right after my middle sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I also remember a poem I wrote for her. So thankful God cured her.
I want to do this next year. It’s a thankful tree and you can read about it here. There are all sorts of images on-line but this one was my favorite.
And this is one I will definitely try. Not sure if I will write the thankful notes or have our guests as they come in write down on sheets I’ve type the words “I am thankful for . I love this idea here and here. One has a yummy sounding honey butter recipe and the other has the pioneer woman’s roll recipe. A little of both I would say would make a lovely tradition for our home.
I saw another idea I love for Thanksgiving this week where you place paper on your table or tables in our case with lots of family and rather than go around the table asking people what they are thankful for, you have markers there for them to doodle before or during lunch. It’s called a tablecloth of thanks and found here. After lunch as you are cleaning up you get to see all that was written.
I found some table talk cards here to spur conversation.
So how about you? Will you share something you are thankful for this year, or some tradition of yours this time of the year?
You can view my other 31 day posts here.
Day 1 – Autumn Cool, Crisp Mornings
Day 2 – Autumn Sunsets and Sunrises