Happy Tuesday and welcome to November! Technically it’s November 5th, but all that I had planned to share on Friday has been bumped to today. Last week, I started a new job which, in hindsight, is a crazy thing to do the same week as Halloween. But you live; you learn.
Last year, in honor of Thanksgiving, I created this Give Thanks display:
The idea was that each member of our family would write-out one thing that they were thankful for and put it in that days pocket. Then on Thanksgiving, we would read together all the things we are thankful for. It’s a sweet family activity that I really love, but I learned a few things about us:
1) We are a busy family and not everyone had time for/remembered to fill the pockets. This led to me saying things like “Don’t you people care about the special holiday memories I’m trying to capture here?!” Which also led to guilt-fueled family members writing “what I’m thankful for” notes which is pretty much the basis for any good family holiday, right?
2) We are a busy family and did not have time to read the notes. After cooking and preparing, spending time with family and then having a “Black Friday” excursion, (which is a whole other story) I lay in bed realizing we never read the little thankful notes that I nagged over.
I think this would’ve been a great activity for when the kids were younger and our lives were a different kind of hectic. Again… you live; you learn.
This year I knew I was going to do something different. I wanted to do something that might bless my family instead of making them feel badgered. So I decided to do something that would capture all the ways they make me feel thankful and display it in a way that would evolve all month long.
The inspiration for this idea started percolating when my friend Gilit from Shoes Off Please posted on Instagram that she would be partaking in the Joy FIlled Home Challenge for the month of November.
Much like the Instagram challenges I’ve participated in the past, the idea is to share one thing that brings you joy for each day of November. Many of the things that bring me joy are tied to people that I’m thankful for, so I’m putting my own twist on it that way.
I began with this frame that I found at a local thrift store.
The frame I purchased had no glass and no back… perfect for me. What it did have were the little black tabs that hold everything together. These proved enormously helpful.
Instead of using a staple gun to attach heavy threading, I just bent all the tabs back and created little hooks.
Then I tied a knot on one end and zig-zagged heavy thread across all of the hooks, knotting it off at the opposite end.
Now throughout the month I’ll be adding photos to the display for the family to check out at their leisure.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Do you ever find yourself trying to get your family to do something that truly isn’t working? Any holiday projects that you’ve found to be more frustrating than fun?
If you want to keep up with how this holiday challenge is going, you can find me on Instagram @Storypiece.
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