It seems to me that in recent years Thanksgiving has become less about “giving thanks” and enjoying quality time with those that are important to you and more about eating, watching football, and lining up for Black Friday deals. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a tasty Thanksgiving feast almost as much as I love saving money, but I think it’s high time we got back to the true meaning of the day. In order to do that in my home, I decided to introduce the Thanksgiving Blessing Band.
Side note, if you aren’t a big fan of football, be sure to read 25 Things to do During the Thanksgiving Football Games! Now back to the Thanksgiving Blessing Bands.
The Thanksgiving Blessing Band is a variation on the tradition of going around the table and each person offering up one thing they are grateful for. I prefer the Thanksgiving Blessing Band for 3 reasons.
1.) It encourages people to share more than one thing they are grateful for.
2.) It gives people a chance to think versus them being put on the spot. When people are put on the spot at the dinner table, they just shout out the first generic thing they can think of. The Thanksgiving Blessing Band allows them to collect their thoughts, write things down, and really speak from the heart.
3.) It adds a cute (and frugal) touch to the table.
Here’s how the Thanksgiving Blessing Band works:
1.) You hand them out to your guests at some point. I recommend doing so before dinner. If you distribute them at the table, everyone is going to be focused on the tasty food about to be served and may rush through the exercise.
2.) Everyone takes some time to write down everything they are grateful for. The idea is to fill up their sheet!
3.) People take turn sharing during dinner.
Now, if you’re like me, around Thanksgiving you are super busy. There’s food to cook, cleaning to do, and possibly even Black Friday shopping to prepare for. With that in mind, I’ve made sure that these Thanksgiving Blessing Bands are super easy. They won’t take much time at all to put together, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when your friends and family are sharing will be well worth the time they do take.
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1. Stamp turkeys in the center of the die cut.
2. Use the Sharpie to write the word “Blessing” on top and the word “Band” on the bottom in a dotted letter font.
Note: This is just regular writing with dots at the end of each point (see image above for example).
3. Cut out 3″ strips of paper and roll each into a scroll.
4. Cut off a 6″ piece of ribbon and feed it through the hole at the top of the die cut.
5. Wrap your ribbon around the scroll and tie off.
6. Distribute to your guests.
To help you prepare for Thanksgiving, I’ve put together some additional resources.
For preparing your feast check out:
For keeping the little ones occupied check out:
Thanks, Let’s Get Together!