Halloween is tomorrow (yay!) and while I’m pretty excited to take my little
Starting November 1st, our family has the tradition of writing down what we’re thankful for on scraps of paper every day until Thanksgiving, then we go around and each read a scrap of paper until they’re gone. We’ve done this for the last two years and I’ve saved the papers inside our Thankful Jar (which is actually a glass pumpkin). I’m really looking forward to doing it again this year, though I have to hunt down some paper for us to use, because, after two years, we’ve finally used up most of the construction paper I had.
But I’m adding two new elements this year: one very simple and easy (and already done, see below), the other with details not quite ironed out.
So, here’s the first:
I made this using Tagxedo, which generates pretty awesome word clouds using either words you type in/copy and paste yourself or from a website. My plan is to print and frame it ASAP (hopefully this weekend) and hang it by our kitchen table. I plan to make one of these every year, adding a new year of thankful paper scraps each time. I think it will be really wonderful and interesting to see how these change over time, especially as E. gets older and the little guy becomes verbal.
The second thing I’d like to add this year has to do with going beyond our family. My first thought is somehow contributing to charity – perhaps “donating” a dollar (or more or less, depending) along with our thankful scrap each day and then picking a cause to donate to after Thanksgiving. Or, with the same idea in mind, with our “donated” money, going out and buying a gift for a child in need for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving (basically braving Black Friday for someone other than ourselves). I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet, it’s a discussion we have to have as a family, but I think we’ll think of something good.
With the “big” holidays coming around the corner, what sort of traditions do you find yourself coming back to or thinking of revamping?