Just about every night at our dinner table, everyone shares what they’re thankful for. My youngest nearly always has the same answer: “food.” I’m hoping I can teach him about other things to be thankful for this year when we work together as a family to create a “thankful pumpkin.”
I first saw this idea on Facebook from Zina Harrington, who runs the blog Lasso the Moon, and it’s genius. All you need is a pumpkin, a sharpie marker, and the willingness to think of all the things you are thankful or grateful for.
As she suggested on Facebook, “every night for the month of October, gather as a family, and add a few items to your Thankful Pumpkin!”
I’ll add: every night share something DIFFERENT than what’s already been said.
The activity will encourage the whole family to think of all the things they have to be thankful for in a year that has been nothing like normal. The idea has gone viral since so many people love the idea behind it. As one person said, “A great way to drown out all the negativity and focus on the good that we have in our lives.”
Another suggested another way to decorate while also practicing gratitude: write what you’re thankful for on paper leaves and make a wreath out of the leaves.
Once the thankful pumpkin is done keep it inside (away from the squirrels!) and use it as a decoration.
It will make the perfect centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table this year — and it will continue to remind the whole family to practice gratitude.