Sometimes everyday things get overlooked in the whirlwind family life and holiday hustle and bustle. So before the feasting stars, take some time this month to really focus your family's attention on all that you have to be thankful for - especially each other.
- Jar with glass lid
- craft decorations (sequins, stickers, ribbons)
- strips of paper, big enough to write a small note on
Find a large glass jar with a lid that you can reuse as your "joy"
receptacle. Attach a label and decorate the jar. Get creative with
ribbons, sequins, stickers or other embellishments.
Keep another smaller jar nearby with strips of paper cut into 1
1/2-inch by 4-inch strips. Start with about 20 strips of paper in
the jar, refill as necessary. Use another small jar to hold
crayons, colored pencils or markers so that all of the supplies are
ready to go.
When family members feel thankful or appreciative for something in
their lives, they can write their thoughts on a strip of paper and
put it in the jar.
- When the jar is full, gather together to read the entries aloud
together as a family.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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