Friday, November 9, 2012
stick it, kids!
This year I'm trying to keep the focus on THANKSGIVING all month, which means I have to go beyond a general refusal to shop/decorate/bake for Christmas in November. It also means I have to resist the urge to ask my kids what they want for Christmas because that isn't exactly instilling an attitude of thanksgiving. It means I have to keep the focus on gratitude because I want them to share my value. (I could go on and on here about how an attitude of gratitude makes for happier, more content people. It's true, but I'll save that lecture for another time.)
I placed a foam wreath on the kitchen counter and cut out a bunch of leafs from construction paper. In the center of the wreath I set up my grandma's old pincushion (shaped like a tomato, total Old School Awesomeness) filled with straight pins. I told Team Testosterone they could write anything they feel thankful for on a leaf and use a stick-pin to adhere it to the wreath. Understanding my directions, they promptly began writing down things and sticking them to the wreath with abandon.
I told them they could do this ALL MONTH LONG, no restrictions.
I'm out of stick pins already.
The fascination MIGHT be more about the sticking with pins than it is about being truly thankful for the blessings in our life, but you know what? I don't care. At least they aren't writing lists of stuff they WANT, they're writing lists of stuff they HAVE and at some level I have to believe they're getting it, right?
Spill it, reader. How do you keep the focus on Thanksgiving in November?