five ways to celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving

For a food-lover like me, Thanksgiving can often be more about the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie than what the holiday is truly about: being grateful.

I find myself taking time each Thanksgiving to remind myself what a beautiful life I have and what wonderful people I have in it. It always serves as a great reminder and refresher for the rest of the year.

Here are some great and creative ways to thank the people that you love and to keep the “Thanks” in “Thanksgiving.”

1. Thank you card: There’s nothing more personal than a handwritten note to your loved ones. Text everyone for their addresses a week or so before Thanksgiving, write out a card thanking each person for what they have done for you in the last year and mail it out three days before Thanksgiving.


2. Make a list: Even if you are not hosting the Thanksgiving feast, it’d still be a good idea to mention to the host/hostess and see if you can bring something like this the day of Thanksgiving. You can type up and print out something just like the example here or you can hand decorate it for each person. Make time at the meal for everyone to write down their lists and go around the table and share what you put down.


3. Make a Facebook Status: As sweet and cute as handwritten notes are, the easiest way to thank the people you love is probably via social media. Tweet your friends something short and sweet like “@CarolineCole, thank you for bringing your little French pup into our home! Love you both <3” or make an obnoxiously long Facebook status like my example here:

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4. Give out little gifts: Pinterest has more little gifts than you can imagine, so that would be a great source of ideas. Bringing one of these to important people in your life throughout Thanksgiving week would be a great way to show you are thankful for them. Creativity and personal touches are a great way to show them you care.


5. Say a prayer: The most important thing to do that can be done free of charge, at any time and at any place is to say a prayer and thank God for what He has done in your life. Personally, I fear that I often ask rather than thank, and I do not want to make that same mistake on a holiday build around giving thanks.


Oh, and hey, THANKS for reading 😉


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