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Monday, November 22, 2010

Mondays with Nonnie: A Thankful Heart

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the
parent of all other virtues.
-- Cicero

I've seen some wonderful ideas floating around the internet these past couple of weeks so I know no one is short on ideas when it comes to teaching "Thankfulness" this Thanksgiving Season. However, I thought I would share what our family does each year and never seem to tire of. Our nine year old, Warren, taught our "Thanksgiving Lesson" last week at our Family Meeting. He began by teaching about what 'Gratitude' is and then relayed a story about being grateful...only he forgot that part of the story so we had to help him out a little:). Then he shared a picture book about the first Thanksgiving and explained the history of the holiday to all of us. He did a wonderful job and provided some comic relief as well! Afterward we all wrote down what we were thankful for on fancy paper. We then burnt the edges to show how it might have looked if it had been from the Mayflower. They LOVE doing this every year (and the house smells great afterward, like camping indoors)! We then post it on their bedroom doors with some vintage pilgrim dye cuts that I was given years ago. We try and decorate their bedroom doors for every holiday but I think this one is the most meaningful since they are reminded of their blessings everyday before the season begins when they are reminded of what they want everyday rolls around:)!

Happy Thanksgiving, Nonnie

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