Thanksgiving was the first holiday I celebrated in Canada. I loved it. It is still one of my favorite holidays. Although I grew up with harvest festivals in England, they don’t quite compare to the Canadian Thanksgiving. I really like pausing to give thanks for all the blessings of the year. I relish the special family times as everyone gathers around the table to celebrate. This weekend my partner and I will travel into the city to enjoy a thanksgiving meal with my boys. I can’t wait!
A great way to give thanks for the blessing you have received is to pay it forward through small acts of giving. There is something wonderful about spreading kindness and it makes a great family project. Generally speaking children are naturally compassionate and often want to help when they see a need. Planning and carrying out an act of kindness with your children gives you the chance to affirm their generous nature. It also makes the world a better place and that is always a good thing.
Here are 7 suggestions for acts of kindness with a Thanksgiving theme. Most of these suggestions could be done year round. So if you live in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving you can still enjoy some of these activities with your children.
- Make Thanksgiving cookies or treats and drop them off at the firehouse, police station, or hospital. It is a lovely way to acknowledge those who serve the community during the holidays. Use these free Thanksgiving printables to add tags to your gifts.
- Challenge your family to think of people who do things that are easily overlooked. These might include a cashier, mail carrier, or garbage collector. Write a thank you message to say that you are thankful for their service. Find a way to deliver the notes.
- Thanksgiving is about counting our blessings and taking the time to say thank you. Help your children to make gifts to acknowledge the love that others show them. I really like these thankful hearts from Lasso the Moon.
- As a family offer a sacrifice of time in celebration of Thanksgiving. Bake a batch of cookies together and give them away, volunteer to do yard work for a senior, or babysit for a single parent.
- Thanksgiving feasts have always been an important part of the celebration. Express your thanks for the gift of food by feeding families who are hungry. Most food banks welcome gifts of canned goods that can be used for holiday meals. Go shopping with your family and challenge everyone to find non-perishable items like canned pie filling, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, pre-packaged stuffing, or chocolates that can be gifted to the food bank. Go together to drop them off at the food bank.
- Do you know someone who lives far away from family and friends? Invite them to come over and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with your family.
- Visit a nearby senior’s home and help bring some holiday joy by delivering flowers to patients who don’t have any visitors.
These are just a few ideas. Do you have any to add to the list? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
To all of my Canadian friends have a wonderful weekend with your families.