Sean and I are doing our best to ensure our kids are raised understanding how blessed they are. It is a tough thing to do with preschoolers/toddlers. One way we are going about this is to ask them each night when we tuck them in what made them happy that day or to name one thing they were thankful for that day. Their responses are always heartwarming or hilarious. As I want to do with everything about them I wanted to bottle it and never forget it…and that’s exactly what I decided to do.
Because I don’t want to forget a single thing of these awesome years, starting just after Halloween, we keep a “Thankful Jar.” If you Google image “thankful jar” you’ll find some templates to do yourself. I printed out a bunch and set the papers and a jar on the kitchen counter to jot down the things we’re thankful for as they came up.
I didn’t want to forget a single thing so last year I came up with the idea to make a Christmas ornament out of them. I laminated them, punched a hole in them and tied them with a green ribbon. It was pretty awesome to read last year’s and reminisce while we decorated the tree this year.