Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! The food is always amazing. More importantly, it gives my family an opportunity to remember all we are grateful for. I’m always on the lookout for Simple Gratitude Conversation Starters. Here are some of my favorites.
We talk about gratitude all the time at our house. I guess it’s because I feel like we have to so much to be grateful for. I want my kids to recognize their blessings and to be thankful for them.
I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year. I usually do, because I love to! I have been thinking of all the fun ways I could get our Thanksgiving Dinner party to have a “gratitude conversation”. My life is even busier than usual this year so I knew my conversation starters had to be simple. I didn’t want to buy any supplies. And could only take a few minutes to throw together. Here’s what I came up with.
1. Write a “gratitude quote” on a piece of paper. Fold it in a square about 1/2 ” by 1/2″. Wrap the piece of paper in a small piece of aluminum foil making sure the paper is completely inside the foil. I stick the little note covered in aluminum foil inside my homemade rolls. After you roll the rolls out, before shaping, stick one aluminum foil note in the roll and roll it up as usual. Warm guests they should look for a surprise in their rolls. As guests find their “gratitude quote” ask them read the quote and share a thought about the quote.
2. Find one penny for each guest at your Thanksgiving Dinner. Set one penny under each person’s plate or napkin. Each person will find their penny and look at the year the penny was made. Guests will share something that happened during that year of their life they are grateful for. You are going to want to make sure the years the pennies were made are years during each particular guests lifetime. For example, if you have a ten year old, you probably wouldn’t want the penny to be older than 7 years.
3. Make gratitude statement starters such as
My favorite memory is….
The best thing I have ever done with my family was….
My job is great because…
I look forward to__________during my day.
My favorite school teacher was __________ because.
I could not live without……
If I was going to give the best gift to someone else it would be…….
The best thing that happened to me last week was…..
I’m sure you can think of several more. These are just a few examples. You could print these on individual pieces of paper and set them in a pretty serving dish. Set them on your buffet table or pass them with the rest of the food. Ask each guest to take one and finish the statement.
4. Use paper place mats for your tablescape. Ask each guest to draw the things they are the most thankful for. During dinner have each guest tell about what they drew and why.
5. Start with the youngest person at the table, ask them to tell what they are grateful for. Continue in a clockwise rotation until everyone has had a chance to express gratitude for something. Continue until guests grow tired of the game of until you run out of things to be thankful for! Hopefully your guests will grow tired of the game before you run out of things to be thankful for.
6. Last but not least. Challenge guests to say a prayer, on their own, and only express gratitude for blessings. Try to pray without asking for anything. I know Heavenly Father wants to bless us with blessings, and he constantly does. But sometimes it would be nice to only express Thanks!
Hopefully this post got you thinking about simple ways to help include Thanks in Thanksgiving! After all, is one of the reasons we have Thanksgiving!