Thankfulness Lists

>> Saturday, November 27, 2010

With all the commercialism that goes on this time of year, such as advertisements about Black Friday and Christmas day sales, it is very hard not to get all wrapped up in what is going on. My kids have already bombarded me with their Christmas wish lists, and my brother even said his girlfriend has been hinting around on the subject of Tacori engagement rings.

Don’t get me wrong I often get consumed with shopping, baking, and decorating this time of year, but one day I just sat down in the midst of all my busyness and started writing down everything that I am thankful for. It took quite some time, but I will share a few things for with you:

  • My faith
  • My relationship with my husband
  • My relationship with my children
  • My church and church family
  • My relationship with my parents
  • My friends
  • My home
  • My health
  • My husband's employment
  • My employment
  • My children’s school
  • Reliable transportation
  • Clothing
  • Insurance
  • Bills paid every month

This list went on and on and, quite frankly, if one of my children had not interrupted my I could have kept on writing. Without encouragement from me, my kids read my list and started lists of their own. Thankfulness lists have now become a tradition in our family, and it really has worked wonders for me as well as my children.

One of the benefits of the thankfulness lists has been that, while these lists seem to have gotten bigger each year, the Christmas wish lists have gotten smaller. There has also seemed to be improvement with the interpersonal relationships between my children. I think they didn’t even know they were thankful for one another until they wrote it down.

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