Count Your Blessings in a Gratitude Jar
Want to encourage gratitude in your grands and in yourself this Thanksgiving season? Make a “Count Your Blessings” Gratitude Jar! This is a very fast and easy project that may make a lifetime of difference.
Seems that the retailers hop right over Thanksgiving to Christmas. I’m always a bit sad about that and think perhaps it encourages us to want more stuff instead of being grateful for all that we do have. How about grabbing the opportunity to encourage gratitude in yourself and in your grands for the month of November?
Making A Gratitude Jar
The first step of this easy project is to find the perfect container for your gratitude jars. This can be anything you have that will hold a series of written notes- like a mason jar, jewelry box, cookie jar or gift box. Let your grand choose the container they would like to take home with them (and don’t forget to have one for yourself as well). If this is a permanent fixture in your home, you may want to go together and purchase that perfect jar that can sit on the counter all year long! There are a lot of these types of treasures at a second hand store which is a fun adventure.
What is Gratitude?
This is the perfect time to introduce the concept of gratitude to your grand. Perhaps you can tell a story of someone you know that keeps a gratitude journal or practices being grateful, or review the story of the first Thanksgiving. You can challenge them to a month of “counting our blessings” where you will both look for things each day that you are thankful for and write them on notes or draw pictures to slip into the gratitude jar. On Thanksgiving Day, whether together or apart, the notes are taken out and read.
Gratitude Jar Labels
Make a copy of the Free Gratitude Jar Labels made especially for you to use with your container (printing on card stock would be helpful). You can color the labels on the pre-made tags or use the blank tags to color and write your own saying if you wish.
Cut out the tag and tape it to your gratitude jar or tie it on with a pretty ribbon.
Write a Note
Don’t forget to have some 3×5″ notecards or a note pad and pen handy to write your notes each day!
It’s amazing how many things we have in our lives to be thankful for when we are looking! This is sure to be fun for you as well as your grand.
A Year of Gratitude?
Who knows, you may want to keep the gratitude jar out for the whole year to keep the focus on the many blessings in our lives. They say there are a multitude of blessings that come from counting our blessings!
My first blessing note was about my grandkids- how about you?
- Gratitude jar- container of your choice
- Printed label
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils
- Ribbon about 2 feet long (optional)
- Notecards or notepad
- Pen or pencil
- Choose or purchase a gratitude jar container.
- Color a label for the gratitude jar.
- Cut out the label and attach it to the container with tape or a ribbon.
- Write your first note and slip it into the gratitude jar
- What are you thankful for today?
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