For the past few years in November we have gotten out our "Thankful Box". It is nothing pretty or fancy, but it is a special tradition for us. One of my daughters had the idea for it one year and took a marker to a shoe box. All over it, she wrote scriptures about giving thanks and praise to God. She cut a slit at the top. This became our "Thankful Box".
Every year we get it out. My daughter cuts up little slips of paper, and these are placed beside the box, waiting to be written on. Whenever we think of something, we get one of those squares of paper and write down something we are thankful for. Then we slip it into the top of the box. The little ones draw pictures of what they are thankful for. No one is allowed to peek in the Thankful Box or at our papers while we are writing. It is a surprise!
Then on Thanksgiving Day sometime, we get the Thankful Box as everyone gathers round. We take turns reading all of the things we are thankful for. We ask the little ones what their pictures are (that can get funny!) Since our box is always full by the time Thanksgiving comes around, it can take a long time. But I love it! Children are so creative and perceptive in their giving of thanks. They thank the Lord for everything imaginable, all the way down to light switches! After we are done reading off our thankful things, we pray a prayer of thanks to God.
Maybe sometime we will have to decorate our Thankful Box in a prettier way. But I think it's just fine for now. It has our memories and God's Word written all over it.
What special ways do you give thanks at this time of year?
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!
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