Even though your Thanksgiving may not look the same in 2020 compared to “normal” years, you can still have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Maybe it is good for us to “withdraw” from the usual crazy preparations and have a quieter and more thoughtful Thanksgiving. I know my usual plans are completely upended and suspended, and I am still processing through that.
Thanksgiving week usually sees me preparing dinner for 40 people. Unfortunately, not this year. But how we react to unwanted changes and disruptions affects our children. Our attitudes and responses may teach more than our words ever can! So what should we watch for in our own attitudes and actions?
Check Your Attitude
- Remember to be thankful – even when situations don’t go according to plan or custom. We can always find something to be thankful for.
- Enjoy the people you are with – even if that includes just your immediate family. I think there will just be three of us for Thanksgiving this year; definitely not my preference.
- Make Thanksgiving a special day – even though the crowd is limited. Find something out of the ordinary to do.
- Be a blessing to others – what can you do to brighten someone’s day?
- Be kind. Always! Even to those you live with.
- Stay safe and be well. I don’t want to hear about any flaming turkeys!
Since homeschooling is part of life, and learning never ends, your children are always watching and learning from you. Teach them by your example this week as you prepare for Thanksgiving. What can they learn from you?
Teach by Example
- Service to others
- Being thankful is important.
- How to be a good host/hostess.
- How to be a thoughtful guest
- Food planning, preparation, and service
- Cleaning up is part of the package.
Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like this year, be thankful, truly grateful, for the many blessings in your life. And your attitude of thankfulness just may be contagious! Better to catch the contagion of gratitude than a virus plague!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!