Sometime over this past Thanksgiving season I read a homeschooling magazine (is there anything else to read?) that had an article about holiday traditions. One family celebrated Thanksgiving each year by remembering their blessings throughout the previous year by way of a Blessing Box. They created a box in which each member of the family, on any given day of the year, would write down something that they were particularly thankful for. The family member would then slide the the written note into the Blessing Box. On Thanksgiving Day, the Blessing Box would be opened and all the blessings would be read and remembered for that year!
I thought that was such a great idea that I promptly created a Blessing Box for our own family. I took a Thomas the Tank shoe box (the kind that has a separate lid) and wrapped both the top and bottom with colorful wrapping paper. Then I created the “Blessing Box” banners using the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter and cut a slit in the middle of the lid. The color of the wrapping paper that I used clashes with the color scheme of every room in our house but I don’t care! It stands out in every room serving as a reminder that it needs to be fed a thankful blessing! So far it has a number of entries in it by various family members (including the grandparents) and I’m looking forward to next Thanksgiving for our first Blessing Box opening!