When our kids were small, we started a Thanksgiving Tradition that has continued to this day, and is a great source of fun and encouragement. We put each person’s name on a slip of paper and drop in a basket or hat. After the meal, everyone draws one name from the basket—no peeking!
Then we sit with pen or pencil and paper—fancy stationery or plain copy paper—and write that person a note telling them why we are thankful for them. When the children were too small to write, they whispered their dictations to us.
When all are completed, we go around the table and read them aloud. Some bring laughter,others tears, all a sense of kinship and gratitude.
How amazing it’s been to see the Lord’s hand at work during these “Thankful Letter” moments. A sister forced to write why she was thankful for her ornery little brother sees him in a new light for a moment; a dad suddenly realizes he needs to express his esteem for his son more often; a spouse receives a compliment for a quality they thought had gone unnoticed.
Do you practice Thanksgiving traditions in your family?