“Thanksgiving” means many things to different people but for most, the holiday of Thanksgiving is about festive meals, parades, football, family and friends, and, of course… turkey!
For many, it's also about spending time together as a family, catching up and enjoying each other's company.
The essence of the Thanksgiving holiday is so beautiful - it’s a reminder to give thanks for the good things we have, people and providential events in our lives. This holiday is a chance for many families to spend quality time together - which makes it a great time to encourage your kids to reflect on the love and kindness that you have for one another, as well as sharing your thoughts about what you feel grateful for!
Our Gululu team wanted to share a few ways to spread kindness and gratitude around Thanksgiving time;
Play the A to Z family gratitude game
Have everyone sit together so that they can hear and see one another. Going around the group of family and friends, have each person say what they're grateful for, according the whichever letter of the alphabet the player is up to. For example, player one says "I am grateful for Aunt Melissa", player two says "I am grateful for Boney my best friend", and player three says "I am grateful for my Caring mom", etc. Keep going around the group until you've completed the alphabet. This can be an exciting and memorable time spent together!
Run a Bake Sale
Initiate this fun fundraiser activity together with your kids - bake goods together like cupcakes, donuts and cookies, and donate the funds to a greater cause, charity, organisation, or a shelter nearby.
Together with your kid, contribute to the less fortunate and volunteer to help prepare meals at a homeless shelter, donate extra cans and packaged goods to a soup kitchen, make a donation. This can be an essential part of teaching your children about gratitude by taking action.
This one is going to be so much fun - Go out on a “kindness spreading spree” without asking for anything in return. Anonymously give little gifts to others. Leave “love notes” on people's cars, candies on the front door of a total stranger. You won’t get to see how they react but can imagine together how you made them feel. You probably made someone else's’ day so much sweeter!
From all of us at Gululu, we are sending our gratitude to you, with a lot of Gululu-Love!