Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away, and although we should practice gratitude all year, this month in particular highlights the importance of being thankful and paying blessings forward. Here are some great gratitude-filled ideas to practice as a family during the Thanksgiving season and beyond.

The Gratitude Jar

There are plenty of ways to execute this idea and personalize it for your family, but the basic gist is this: write down on a slip of paper something you are thankful for and an activity that supports the theme. Fold the paper in half and put it in a container. Make one for every day leading up to Thanksgiving, and each day have a family member select a slip of paper and complete the activity. For example, “I am thankful for grandparents.” Call your grandparents on that day. “I am thankful for toys.” Donate some toys to a shelter. “I am thankful for Scripture.” Read a Bible passage together as a family. You get the idea.

Thankful Turkey Craft

Have the little ones help make table decorations to use on the big day, and put some thought into what they are thankful for.

Thankful turkey craft

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Thankful Tree

Cut out a tree and some colorful leaves. Each day, have your children write something they are thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the tree. If creating a tree sounds daunting, instead gather some tall branches from the yard, put them in a vase, hole punch your leaves and attach them to the branches with twine.

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Image credit: Pinterest

Acorns to Acorns Gratitude Game

Remember that game Apples to Apples? Well, this is similar to that. Every person writes down five things for which they are thankful from the past year on separate slips of paper and puts them — folded — into a big bowl. Everyone also needs a set of cards with the names of each participant. Take turns pulling a blessing from the bowl and reading it aloud. Everyone then decides who they think the blessing belongs to and on the count of three, turns over the name card. Everyone who gets it right receives a point. The winner is the one with the highest score.

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Image credit: Pinterest

A Gratitude Poster

This one’s easy! Use a piece of poster board and write Gratitude or Thankful in the middle. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, write a blessing on it. If you want to get crafty, add stickers or decorate with markers.

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Image credit: Pinterest

Gratitude Photo Challenge

This isn’t really a challenge as much as it is a motivator to be present and show gratitude daily. Each day, post a photo to Instagram illustrating the blessing of the day. There are many challenge lists out there aside from the ones shown below. You can challenge others to accept and complete it, as well.

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Image credit: positivelypresent.com

Another challenge list. Image credit: http://www.babble.com/latina/21-days-of-gratitude

Another challenge list. Image credit: babble.com

Make a daily choice to rejoice!