Last Monday we discussed coming into our Thanksgiving holiday with clear, creative and realistic expectations. I hope you were able to take a moment this last week to emotionally set up your expectation for this year’s holidays. Hopefully, this will help you make it more creative, fun and memorable. Let’s talk about making creative choices for the holidays.
1. Take the Time
Take the time to prepare early.
Keep decoration and food simple.
Cook with family or friends.
Play music loud. Laugh Hard and Make messes.
Take time to cuddly, listen to stories, tell jokes.
Make clean up easy.
Play games, watch a movie or start a christmas tradition
2. Be thankful all week.
Take the time starting Monday to each day give praise to Jesus for all he has done and will do.
Publicly show gratitude to your family and friends.
You can say what you are thankful for before dinner.
Make a thankful jar.
Write down each day what you are thankful for on paper leaves that you hang up as decoration on Thanksgiving day.
You can make a Thankful Chain and hang in up for the whole Christmas season.
There is so much we can do to set an atmosphere in our home for Thanksgiving. But we must allow space in our life and intentionality in our relationships to set up this atmosphere. I love when I choose to be more intentional with my family and purposely make space so that we can enjoy each other. My Family loves when I am relaxed and fun instead of overwhelmed by my perfectionist expectations. As long as I have a great slice of Turkey meat with cranberry sauce, I am marvelous. But most of all God loves it when I am making creative choices for the holidays that bring Him glory.
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalms 106:1
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