Thanksgiving is today and I have been reading in my favourite blogs how we can teach our little ones to be thankful for what we have and experience in our life. One of the things I have seen recommended is to draw a tree and when placing the leaves of the tree write in every leaf whatever we feel thankful for, I find this activity very enriching, so I have ended up deciding to decorate our Christmas tree with gratitude, using words on labels or objects to represent what we are thankful for.
In order to know a little bit more of the thanksgiving tradition, here is a little explanation from wikipedia:
Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. It has been proposed that Thanksgiving may be able to trace its earliest recorded origins to the ancient Mesopotamian harvest festival of Akitu. The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.
And so I think that being thankful should be a value that we practice everyday of our life apart from being celebrated every November and transfered to our little ones at every moment.
Thanks and Love