Monday, November 8, 2010
2010 Thanksgiving Notes
As we enter this wonderful season of Thanksgiving, I am so enjoying seeing how everyone celebrates. Each tradition is different, each individual's likes and dislikes and each family building their own. Before my son got married, I was talking with his wife-to-be about how they will find their own way of celebrating the holidays. I would hope some of what we have done will sneek in and be a part of their traditions, but if not, that is okay also. I just hope they enjoy building new ones for their family.
As our first one became engaged, I started looking for new traditions for our transitional family. We began "blessings" cards. During the month of November, everyone takes home enough cards for each person in the family. On the individual cards they put a blessing to that person. Sometimes it is a Bible verse or quote and sometimes it is a very personal word of encouragement for the year. We put them in individually-marked envelopes to be given at Thanksgiving. Even our youngest dictates his "blessings" to the older siblings. I have been encouraged by the words that I have received, while watching one child carry her cards around throughout the year in her athletic bag. This has allowed the younger ones to stay connected to the older ones. I hope through the years, the cards are kept and looked back on with cherished memories. This year I hope to find small boxes for each person to store their cards in.