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Start a ‘Thanksgiving Box’ For Your Family

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

I was walking with my “five women walking group”, a ritual that occurs most weekdays at 5:30 am. I am telling you we could solve many world problems! But I am digressing.

We share many stories of our families, as our children have grown up together despite going to various schools. One most recent one was about “the blessing box”. This was a 3×5 index card box that her family had. Every year she and her husband and their two daughters would write down a Thanksgiving blessing (with a little coaxing by Mom) something that they were each thankful for. Every year the cards were read at Thanksgiving dinner and put away in the box until the following year. This tradition continued and the mother, in anticipation of Thanksgiving and her girls returning home from college, had just pulled out the blessing box. She recounted this to us this week during our walk. She also had us laughing out loud (LOL, as her girls would text) at some of the blessings that had been written over the years. We also laughed as she told us to guess which daughter had written which quotation (one wrote, ” I am thankful for my cat” while the other wrote, “I am thankful for pink fingernail polish”). Of course, we knew who wrote what.

The point of this story is if you have young children start the Thanksgiving blessing box, what a wonderful way to make family memories. I only wish someone had told me about this tradition 20 years ago rather than last week!

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat again tomorrow.

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