7 Days of Thanksgiving –Day 3
Amazing things start happening when a family starts counting blessings together. Suddenly, the people who are part of all these blessings start becoming apparent. The family starts noticing who is supporting, blessing, and helping them in their lives. From the post man to the next door neighbor, people’s kind actions start becoming more apparent. That’s way Day 3 of the 7 Days of Thanksgiving is the activity “Thanking You Postcards”.
Thanking You Postcards
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This activity is simple, but it takes a bit of quiet time and contemplation to complete. The neat thing about this activity is the process of thinking about all the people who affect and bless our lives. Children are not always good at seeing what others do for them. So, this activity helps them practice creating sincere, positive, and specific compliments to real people in their lives.
Take a moment, before starting this activity, to talk with your children about the people who serve and bless them. Talk to them about how many of these people do this without much thanks or recognition. Also, talk about how sending them a note of thanks would help those people. Remind them than kind words are very powerful and can create amazingly positive results.
Also, before starting this activity, take a moment to talk about what a sincere compliment and thank you looks, feels, and sounds like. A thank you that is sincere is one that is honest. It helps, when making a sincere thank you, to focus on something that is specific and tangible. Vague compliments – such as “Thank you for everything you do” – are easy to dismiss. A more meaningful compliment for the school cafeteria worker, for example, would be “Thank you for taking the time to make sure the tables are cleaned off every day. That makes our cafeteria so nice to eat in.” The person receiving the compliment and thank you knows that the tables are cleaned because of his/her efforts and knows that the giver of the compliment sees the effort that has been made. It’s hard to explain away specific compliments.
After all this discussion, the children are ready to write their postcards.
Have each child fill out the address lines on the postcard and write their thank you’s. Younger children will need help writing these. I wrote down what my preschooler was saying for her, and let my toddler draw a “picture” and then I translated it for her.
After all the postcards are written, take them down to the post office together, place the stamp, and mail them.
This was a great activity to experience with my family. I was amazed at the people my children decided to send their postcards to. Again, the way children think is always eye opening to me. I learned a lot about whom my children feel are blessing their lives, and it was a very sweet experience to share together.