Today’s post is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now but never have.
Back when I taught school there were several years where I wrote each of my students an individual letter telling them why I was thankful to have them in my class.
It was always a good experience for me even though it was time consuming. (I taught junior high full time and had more than just one classroom full of students)
I don’t like insincerity. At all. Not one little bit. So when I wrote those letters I had to think very hard sometimes to come up with an honest and sincere reason why I was truly thankful to have certain students in my class. But I always could. After all, there is good in everyone…sometimes it’s just hard to spot…
Anyways, it was a good experience for me to write those letters and I think it was a good experience for the students to receive them. I had them waiting on their desks when they came into class the day before Thanksgiving break. I loved watching them open their letters and how they reacted as they read them. It was important for me to make sure that each one of my students knew that they were people that I found to be of worth and value and were very much wanted in my classroom.
I’ve always thought that doing something similar at Thanksgiving dinner would be a really great idea as well. But I want everyone at dinner to be able to share in that experience of looking for the good in others….we should all do that more often…especially with our family members.
So I came up with these, “I’m thankful for you because….” books.
Here’s the idea:
At each place setting there is a book with the person’s name on the cover.
Inside on the first page is the date.
Then on the next page I’ve written a short note explaining why I am thankful that they are in my family.
Next to their book is a pen.
And each guest will be invited to write in every or anyone else’s book that they choose and tell that person why they are thankful to have them in their life.
I think it would be a great activity as people arrive and are mingling and the last of the food is being prepared and set out.
The books could even be left out after dinner so they could be written in during clean up, visiting, football games, etc.
To make these books all you need are mini composition books.
(You can buy them at the store 3 for $1)
Some paper to cover the front with and some glue.
It would be easy and inexpensive…and I think maybe a really wonderful experience.