Gratitude Basket

Gratitude Basket

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Julia Cho
Nov 17, 2009

In our home, we use a simple basket filled with small slips of recycled paper for family members to write down what they're thankful for on any given day. Then we fold them up and don't read them again until New Years Day each year. Thanksgiving would also be a great time to start this tradition in your family...

All you need is a large enough vessel for all of your notes throughout the year, some little cut up pieces of leftover scrap paper, and toss a couple of pens in there too to make it easy for yourselves.

Remember to write down the small, everyday stuff as well as the larger celebrations and events in your life. It's so much fun to go through them at the end of the year, and always encouraging to family members. And...it's sometimes surprising to remember the smaller things like a good meal (that's usually in there quite a few times for us!), or a sun shower. We often find a few notes from house guests as well which is always a nice surprise.

I'm sure you craftier folk will come up with a better vessel than a basket, but it's what's inside that counts! Consider starting a gratitude basket this Thanksgiving or New Years.

Image via Made In California.

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