5 ways to create a gratitude practice during the busy holiday season
Giving gratitude this season
“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go…” This was me and my family every Thanksgiving. We would pack up our car as soon as school would let out for the break and hit the road for the three hour drive from Indiana to Illinois where we would celebrate at my grandmothers home. I can still see the picturesque, scenic roads with lots of hills and winding roads lined with trees in vibrant shades of gold, purple, red and orange. My brother and I would be so full of excitement and drift between quietly staring out the window and fighting over not crossing the line we had created for our space in the backseat.
As young as I was, I knew how blessed I was to be on that trip. To be headed to see not only my grandma and grandpa but the many uncles, aunts and dozens of cousins and countless friends who would see our out of town car and stop by and say hello. We were all thankful just to be there and be together.
The more grateful you are, the more present you become, the more joy your bring into your life.
There are now thousands of miles between me and my grandmother and the house that I will always consider ‘home’. Over the years, I’ve tried to recreate some of those beautiful traditions for my own little family so that the gratitude of family will stick with my kids for years to come.
Between the pandemic and overly scheduled lives, keeping my kids focused on gratitude can be challenging. My mom decided to have the kids create their own gratitude jars as a visual reminder of how blessed we are all year long.
For my #DIY peeps here are some easy, decorative gratitude jars that you can create at home alone or with your kids.
For those like me who chose do it yourself projects sparingly or on a must do basis only, here are some pretty done for you gratitude jars that you can order online below. The photo below is one that a friend gave me years ago and is one of my most treasured gifts:
With the tumultuous year we’ve had, it’s easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for. But what we’ve been forced to focus on - our family, health and faith is really all we really need. Here's to using a gratitude jar to keep what’s most important front and center.