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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

A Month of Thanks and Giving

My plans for this year's Thanksgiving activities have been foiled by the fact that we have been sick for the last three weeks. I had planned for the time from the beginning of November to Thanksgiving for us to do acts as a family that show thanks and giving. We have done a few things on the list, but not nearly as many as I had wished. Perhaps we will get to them next month instead, or perhaps we will do them next year (or both) but either way I thought you might enjoy our list. We tried to make them either no-cost or low cost and do-able for all ages.
    1. Load bags of groceries into cars for shoppers.
    2. Leave coins at the playground for children to find.
    3. Thank you cards and doughnuts for the fire station.
    4. Leave happy notes on the windshields of cars in a parking lot.
    5. Leave quarters at the Laundromat.
    6. Deliver cards to nursing home.
    7. Write a letter to a friend, telling them how thankful you are for them.
    8. Leave note (and treat?) for mailman.
    9. Make bags for the homeless, for we are thankful for our home.
    10. Send a thank you note to servicemen.
    11. Make a meal for someone and deliver it to them.
    12. Do you have a talent that you can share with someone? Either give the products of that talent or teach the talent to someone.
    13. Make copies of pictures of friends and send them to them.
    14. Write a note to a person who has made a difference in your life telling them that they have done so.
    15. Give out lollipops to children at co-op.
    16. Do a chore or a task that someone else doesn't want to do.
    17. Bake a treat for someone.
    18. Call or write to a grandparent.
    19. Write a kind note to a neighbor.
    20. Send a surprise package to someone.
    21. Make a freezer meal for someone to use when they need it.
    22. Pray for a neighbor, especially someone you don't particularly care for.
    23. Write an anonymous note to a family member, telling them something you admire about them and mail it!
    24. Anonymously leave some art work for a stranger at a public place.
    25. Buy a gift from the dollar store and leave it for someone you appreciate anonymously.
    26. Think you your own act of thanks and giving.
    27. Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. A great list indeed! We too have been taken over by a wee bit of the cold bug, yuck! Our family loves to do nursing home visits and deliver cards along with leaving quarters in random places and other fun random acts of kindness. It really seems to drive home the idea of being thankful for everything! Have a great day!

  2. What a wonderful list. I may need to borrow one of those. We left a few dolls(with a note to take home) at different low income housing playgrounds a few years ago. The kids loved going back after a few hours and seeing that the dolls gone. You are an inspiration to me. I hope you are feeling better soon.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. This is a great list! Love the idea of leaving coins for kids to find and happy notes on cars! Great way to spread random kindness. I hope everyone feels better soon!

  4. I agree with everyone, that's a wonderful list of activities to do, we may just have to give them a try this year.

  5. Great list! We may borrow some of your wonderful ideas!

  6. Really and truly! This is an amazing list.

    I'm so sorry there is illness in your family, and for three weeks now. Praying that it'll soon pass over y'all!!

    You can look at your down time as a way to reflect on all the amazing things and people and love under your roof. Maybe the kids can create their own secret list, almost like a secret Santa. They can focus on their home life and the lives ones in it.

    I thought of your family today as we toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. You would have really enjoyed it!

  7. What a great list, and wonderful idea of how to spend the days around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope everyone feels better soon!

  8. I couldn't love this list more...we might steal the quarters at the laundry mat idea - I really like that one!

    1. It is not stealing, since I gave it to you. :)


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