A List of Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen
all lists in no particular order
Eleven ways to celebrate Thanksgiving
- Pack up a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. Nothing makes me so aware of my blessings as giving to someone who has so much less than I do.
- Write letters to the people who have impacted your life. Track down the teacher or Girl Scout leader who made such a difference in your life. Email the college professor who inspired you to think in a newer, bigger way.
- Before you can truly be grateful, you must be light-hearted. Choose to forgive. Do it now.
- Make a Blessings Book out of scrapbook paper and pass it around after dinner this Thanksgiving.
- Reread your Blessings Book next year.
- Consider adding a family service project to your long weekend of cooking, eating, shopping, and playing.
- Invite friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. You never really know who doesn't have family to celebrate with - unless you ask.
- As you rush around preparing, slow down. Remember, who you share the meal with is much more important than the feast or decorations.
- Whether or not prayer is a regular practice of yours, take a quiet moment to truly thank God for all your blessings.
- Be lavish with your affection. These nutty relatives that drive you crazy are yours. Yours. You know you love them. Tell them so.
- Host an After-Thanksgiving dessert buffet and gather with your family of friends. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Twelve Thanksgiving books even the grown ups will enjoy
- Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
- Millie and the Macy's Parade by Shana Corey
- Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
- A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman
- 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
- Over the River, A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson
- 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
- One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox
- A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
- Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale by Mary Jane Auchs
- Mary's First Thanksgivng by Kathy-jo Wargin
- Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julia Markes
Thirteen chores you should do before the holidays arrive
- Drag out your winter clothes and coats. Switch your closets around.
- Before you launder everything (see above) try this.
- You know that coat you forgot to take to the cleaners last March? Do it now.
- Depending on where you live, stock up on rock salt, wood for the fireplace, deicer, etc.
- Have your kids try on their snow gear, especially the boots. Shop now. Once the snow falls, it's too late.
- You, too. (see above)
- Buy more Christmas lights. Do it now. You know you'll need them.
- Consider creating a hot chocolate station.
- Set a reasonable budget before the shopping bug bites.
- Before the madness begins, make a list of the things you love most about the holidays. Do those things.
- Start writing your cards now. Take the time to make it fun instead of a chore.
- Schedule a pedicure. Take a great magazine to read.
- Schedule one Saturday afternoon at home completely alone. Do nothing at all. Sigh. Now you're ready.