Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, but you’d swear we were already onto December judging by the sudden drop in temperatures around here and the half eaten pumpkin pie in my fridge. (H spotted a can of pumpkin in the pantry last week and begged me to make a pie out of it. I tried to hold him off until Turkey Day, but he, like every other kid in the world when they want something, was relentless.)
Even though we’ve had our pie and are sporting brand new winter coats, a.k.a. fleece-lined windbreakers, I’m still enjoying all the potential love, grace, and gratitude practice this month has to offer and looking forward to Thanksgiving at the end of the month.
I guess it also helps that my second grader has a Thanksgiving-themed poem to memorize and my first grader has a turkey project to complete. Even if I wanted to fast forward through this holiday, which I do not, the public school system wouldn’t let me anyway. But for those of you who’ve been feeling blah since the time change and are counting down the days until 2013 is over, I say get creative to get out of your funk and into the holiday spirit.
Check out my DIY Tin Pumpkin post over at My Crafty Spot for a quick holiday decoration. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make something unique for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. These pumpkins can be customized a million different ways, so have fun and let your creativity run wild. Kids can get in on the action, too, by stringing the tin rings together, just be ready to assist with tying since getting a tight knot can be tricky for little ones.
On a similar note, if you’re looking for ways to educate your kids about Thanksgiving, keep them busy on Thanksgiving Day, or reinforce the meaning of gratitude, this article I wrote last year may do the trick.
Whatever you do, make the most of the rest of this year. Be thankful, be mindful, and have fun.