Saturday, November 29, 2008


I love Thanksgiving. I think it is a perfect way to start off the holiday season, being thankful for what we have and realizing our many blessings. This year I started a Thanksgiving tradition with my girls, my mother-in-law has given me a bunch of FHE kits and one of them focused on Thanksgiving. You start this on Nov 1st and go through the 25th. It says to do it everyday, but I am crazy and couldn't keep up with it so I did it for FHE every week and just did a weeks worth. Anyways, each day you read a card and it tells you something to be thankful for and then you make an offering for that blessing into a jar. At the end you donate that money to someone in need. We decided to use it for a sub for Santa gift. The girls loved it. At the end of the month we had about $11. One of the sub for Santa we had picked was a toy for a 6 month old baby. So the day after Thanksgiving I took the girls shopping and let them pick out a toy for this baby.

It went so well and I am excited to do it next year again.

Day 1: Are you thankful for the blessing of electricity? Give 2 cents for each light bulb in your house

Day 2:Most of the world population lives beyond the reach of medical care. Give 10 cents for each box of band aids in your house.

Day 3: Are you thankful for a roof and doors to keep out the wind and rain? Give 10 cents for every exterior door on your house.

Day 4:Are you thankful for clothes? Give a nickle for every closet in your house.

Day 5: Are you thankful for indoor plumbing? How about toilet paper to go with it? Give 5 cents for every roll of toilet paper included all the ones stored away.

Day 6: To people in refugee camps even a thin sliver of soap is precious. How many bars of soap does your family have? Give 5 cents for each bar and 10 cents for each container of pump soap.

Day 7: Do you have to walk to town to get a bucket of water for washing, drinking, bathing and cooking? Or are you blessed with faucets that bring precious water to you? Give 10 cents for each faucet. Still thinking about water, how did you get clean today? Give 10 cents if you took a bath and 20 cents if you took a shower.

Day 8: Most of the world is starving while we are concerned about being overweight! Put 1 cent for each pound mom and dad think they are overweight.

Day 9: What a blessing it is to see. Put 10 cents for each pair of glasses (including sunglasses) your family members wear. Give 5 cents for each person in your house who wears contacts.

Day 10: Jesus loves the little children. Give thanks and 10 cents for each child in your family.

Day 11: How would you like to live in your car as some families have to do? Give 10 cents for each car in your family.

Day 12: Epidemics often follow natural disasters. Give thanks if no one in your house has been to sick to go to school/work and give 50 cents.

Day 13: The comfort of a clean bed is an undreamed of luxury for millions of people. Give 5 cents for each bed in your house. Did a cozy blanket keep you warm last night? Give 1 cent for each blanket in your house.

Day 14: Was it cold enough to wear a coat today? Were you thankful for your coat? Give a penny for every coat, raincoat and jacket in your house.

Day 15: Most people in the world cook over an open fire. Aren't you glad you didn't have to chop wood this morning? Give 5 cents for every n=burner on your stove, 10 cents for every stove and 25 cents for every microwave.

Day 16: Unfortunately, this time of year many people loose their homes to fires. Give 10 cents for every phone in your house you can call 911 from in case of an emergency.

Day 17: Many people in the world suffer excruciating pain from lack of dental care. Give 5 cents for each toothbrush in your house.

Day 18: Many children in the world barely get one meal a day. How many did you have? Give thanks and 5 cents for each meal.

Day 19: Would you like to walk to school, church or the store? Most people walk wherever they go. Give 10 cents for each bike, skate board, roller blades or anything else with wheels.

Day 20: Give us this day our daily bread. Thank Heavenly Father for the food you have and give 1 cents for every slice of bread your family ate today,

Day 21: Count all the cans in your cupboard or pantry. Give a penny for each one and thank God for the technology to can food.

Day 22: Count all the packages of frozen foods and meats in your freezer. Thank God for refrigeration and give a penny for each thing you counted.

Day 23: Make a list of all the fruits and vegetables God created that you can name and give a penny for each.

Day 24: Many children in the world do not have the opportunity to attend school. They barley learn to read or write. Give an penny for every pencil and pen in your house.

Day 25: Most people in the world have never touched a computer. Give 50 cents for each computer in your home.

We truly are a blessed people and I am grateful to live in such a wonderful place and have so much. I look forward to doing this every year and remembering all the many blessings I have.


Brianne said...

That is a cute idea liz!! I might have to steal it!! You are so inspiring! I mean it! :)

jacksonx03 said...

I like the idea!

Ashley said...

How neat! I will have to do that too. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie said...

What a great learning activity. And I like what you did with the final amount of money too!

Andrea said...

This is fabulous. I am going to use it. Thanks.

Julie said...

Lizzy, you are just so smart, what a great teaching tool for your family and a reminder for ourselves!!!!!