Thanksgiving 2009 dawned clear, crisp and bright. A good way to start the day. Our dog has already taken up a prone position in front of the oven where he will "stand guard" the entire time the turkey is cooking.
The birds are feasting at all the feeders ~ I made sure to spread the "love" since we'll be doing the same later today. There is an assortment of black-capped Chickadees (pictured), Mourning Doves, Flickers, Robins, Finches, Goldfinches & sparrows. They keep me company distract me, while I'm deep in the midst of food preparation. I hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving. I have lots to be grateful for this year so there will be many messages going into our gratitude jar. Your what???? Oh, doesn't everybody have a gratitude jar?? This is one I made years ago:
It's very simple ~ just a ribbon, Thanksgiving cut out (get one from a card, whatever. This one came from Crafty Secrets) and a jar. I also stamped a "Thankful" message onto the side of the glass (using a StazOn ink pad) but that is 100% optional.
It works like this ~ before (or after ~ we're not hung up on the order) everyone who shares our Thanksgiving meal with us writes on a piece of paper something they are grateful for. You can write as many messages as you'd like (it's my job to cut new strips of paper to fill the jar each year). The messages are then put into the jar and someone reads them out loud. It's fun to guess who wrote what. Sometimes it's obvious, but other times not so much. We even read last years before emptying the jar and filling them with new ones. It's a fun tradition & great way to stay focused on the meaning of the day. Blessings to all ~ may your day be filled with peace, love, family, friends, happy moments and full bellies.