I should be in the kitchen making pies at the moment, but a blog topic struck me and here I am! I want to challenge everyone to create a new tradition tomorrow and use it not only on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year as well. It is important for others to hear what we appreciate about them and it is important for people to reflect about what they appreciate about others. People may moan and groan at first, but the benefits are worth pushing them to the challenge.
Gratitude Dinner Game
When everyone is seated and ready to eat, announce that you will be playing a new game this year. Everyone will have to say one positive quality or a positive memory about the person sitting to the right (or left) of them. If your family is anything like mine you will need to explain the importance of being thankful for one another and ask for a volunteer to go first (or model a response yourself). Be prepared for laughter, fun, and even tears!
Gratitude Memory Page
Place a piece of scrapbook paper out and write “I am thankful for…” on it and ask family and friends to respond and sign it throughout the day. I also add one with, “Favorite Thanksgiving Dish” which is usually easier for people to respond to.
*this can also be used as a gratitude dinner journal that your family uses one a week/month or whenever you feel is best
Both of these can also be used for other holidays, birthdays, and family parties. This is a tradition we came up with one year and we love it! I have even used this in my classroom with students and had amazing results! It’s important to model to children (and adults) how to be grateful in life.
I am challenging you to play the dinner game and share your experience in a comment.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!