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Categories: celebrant musings

Attitude of Gratitude

In a newsletter to our preschool parents I wrote a suggestion for a Thanksgiving ritual.  It is to put a container on the dining table to hold little notes of gratitude.  Everyone writes one at each supper meal in November, shares it with the others, then puts it in the basket or bowl.

On Thanksgiving, these can be pulled out and read aloud.  Another idea is to make them into a small scrapbook or several pages for a larger Thanksgiving scrapbook that shows folks’ thinking through the years.

One of our teachers just wrote me that they’ve done this ritual for 5 or 6 years and here’s how they used the messages.

This ritual became especially meaningful when my father-in-law passed away. We dug out the grateful writings he’d done over the years when he ate a meal with us and read/displayed them at his service. Very touching.