Last year I took part of this thing called “30 Days of Thanksgiving.” In short every day in November I would post something that I am thankful for. I really enjoyed it and it’s that time of year again. For the next 30 days I’ll be posting things that I am thankful for and I hope you will join me.
If you don’t want to make blog posts or social media posts of your own, feel free to leave what you are thankful for in the comments. But I do want to encourage you to make a post, even if it’s small, each day of this month. They say that it takes about 20 days for form a habit and will ultimately lead to a lifestyle. I want a lifestyle of thankfulness.
Last night my family took a different approach to the of Halloween. For most of my life I was taught and chose to ignore the day and treat it as just another day on the calendar. I still do not celebrate Halloween, but I wanted to make this year different. Halloween is one of the only days of the year that tons of people are out and about all at once. In today’s society of being so disconnected from each other, Halloween is a perfect opportunity to make connecting points with my community.
So we set out a fire pit, grilled hotdogs and made smores. We invited family over and hung out in the front yard. We had a bucket of candy ready for the Trick or Treaters and made attempts to simply be welcoming and meet new people. We recently moved into the neighborhood and it was nice to see some newer faces. All in all it was a great night.
After reflecting on the night this morning, I was so pleased and grateful for my little girl. She was excited to help pass out candy to the Trick or Treaters. She couldn’t wait to give them the goodies! It makes my heart happy to have a daughter at the age of 3 to be excited to give. Anytime she saw a car drive by or pull up she ran over to the bucket and was READY for them to come up to her asking for candy.
Not only am I thankful for the time spent with family, I am extremely thankful for my daughter to want to be a giving person and looked for opportunities to give.
Don’t forget to take the challenge yourself! Use the hashtag #30DaysofThanksgiving
“Everything that has been created by God is good, and nothing that is received with thanksgiving should be rejected.” 1 Timothy 4:4