“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher
There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world.
Most Americans know 20,000 words in the English language.
But of all the words in all the world, there are two that can make all the difference: “Thank You.”
In case you haven’t noticed a theme emerging, November is Thankful Month in the Hanson home. We have talked about a C13 Mom’s love that is joyfully thankful for truth. We have shared the Thankful Box as a ritual to reinforce an attitude of gratitude in your home, and a Storytime to teach your kids and others about being thankful. These are some of the ways that we try to teach our kids to have an attitude of gratitude.
Thanksgiving is the obvious focus of our thankful month, but I was reminded yesterday of the way that Veteran’s Day fits in also. The holidays work in tandem! We can be so thankful that the Pilgrims established the foundations of this nation and its special freedoms. We can also be thankful that our veterans have defended that foundation and those freedoms throughout the years.
Thanksgiving then leads into Christmas where we can be so thankful for the greatest gift of all. Jesus dying so that we can be in fellowship with God forever is definitely something to be grateful for. I want my children to notice that God has His hands over their life. As they continue to seek Him and follow after His will for their lives, I want them to be grateful for all that He provides and does for them.
Regardless of what you have or don’t have, life is better when you live it with gratitude. There is good that can come out of any situation if you allow it. It is a choice, and life is so much better when you choose gratitude over discontentment.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NLT)
Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Here are a couple more Thanksgiving crafts that you can do with your kids:
Paper Bag Scarecrow
1 Brown Paper Bag
1 Coffee Filter
Stripes of yellow paper
Tissue paper or a weight (optional)
1. Put paper bag with bottom fold on the table
3. Glue eyes and nose onto the bag
4. Draw on the mouth with a black marker
5. Put the red circles at the end of the mouth for the cheek
6. Take off the coffee filter and glue stripes of yellow paper on the top of the paper bag.
7. Open the paper bag. You can either put crumpled up tissue paper or a weight in the bottom of the bag to help it stand up or you can leave it empty.
8. Put the coffee filter back on the upper right corner of the bag. You can either glue it into place or staple it onto the back.
9. Glue a flower or decoration over the staple.
Hands and Feet Turkey
1-2 sheets of brown construction paper depending on the size of the child’s foot
4 different colors of construction paper (1-2 sheets per color depending on the size of the child’s hand)
Your child’s hand and foot
1. Take the brown construction paper and trace your child’s foot on the paper two times. Use the same foot and it is easier to trace their foot if they have a shoe on. Then cut out the foot.
2. Trace your child’s hand two times on 3 different colors and cut them out.
3. Trace your child’s hand one time on 1 colored paper and cut it out.
4. Glue the heels of your child’s foot together, not fully overlapping the bottom foot. The heel will be the head of the turkey)
5. Flip the foot prints over so the front is on the table. Glue the single hand on the top of the turkey. (The heel end)
6. Next glue one set of hands to the turkey, placing one on each side of the single hand.
7. Glue the next set of hands, lower than the first set, moving down the side of the turkey.
8. Flip the turkey over and flue on the eyes, wattle and nose.
9. You can put dots in the center of the eyes to make them look more like eyes.
10. Glue the last set of hands between the two foot patterns to finish off the “feathers” of the turkey.