Halloween is officially over. It’s extremely tempting to press fast forward and skip ahead to Christmas. However, I think it’s important to take a moment to celebrate Thanksgiving. When people hear the word Thanksgiving the first thing that comes to mind is the food. After all, who doesn’t love the delicious pumpkin pies, turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. I know I do! However, it’s important to remember that Thanksgiving is about so much more than filling your belly. It’s also a great time to reflect back on the past year and all of the blessings you’ve received.
We all have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that. Our blessings often times are small, so they are easy to overlook. However, even the smallest of blessings can make a large impact. So, this Thanksgiving I want to encourage you all to take time to reflect on the blessings you have received this year – big and small. I also want to encourage you to have your children participate in this as well. With Christmas coming it’s easy to get caught up in everything we want. However, it’s important to think about what we already have.
I’ve created a fun activity to help you practice gratitude with your children this November. It involves everyone’s favorite candy M&M’s. So, even the grumpiest of children will want to participate. After all, no one can turn down candy. The activity is simple. Open up a package of M&M’s to share as a family. Every color of M&M corresponds to a thankfulness category. You can find the different color categories on the graphic below. Each time you or your child eats an M&M you must say something from that category you are thankful for.
My daughter is still too young to participate in this activity. So, unfortunately I can’t share her answers with you today. However, I am more than happy to share mine to help get you started.
Red – I am thankful for the new car we were able to purchase this year. We upgraded in size and now can comfortably take longer vacations.
Orange – I am thankful for my husband getting transferred to a new job where he doesn’t have to travel.
Yellow – I am thankful for my beautiful daughter. She brings light and laughter into every day. She is truly my biggest blessing.
Green – I am thankful for our church. We always feel right at home there. We are surrounded by a wonderful community who has taken my family in with open arms.
Blue – I am thankful for healthy meals I am able to purchase and cook for my family. I know that is a luxury that many families cannot afford.
Brown – I am thankful for my determination. This has been a difficult year starting up my own business. However, I never gave up and am starting to see some great results.