Thankful Pumpkin Tradition

Can you believe that many of us are less than one week away from Thanksgiving?  {Canadian friends, you can celebrate again next Thursday too…I won’t tell}!  I love that we have one holiday a year devoted just to being grateful for the abundance of blessings we have.  It’s not about presents…we don’t exchange any.  It’s not about decorations or about some mythical figure {imagine if we told our kids about a big giant turkey who went around leaving things under their pillows or something!}  Instead, it’s all about family, good food, and celebrating together all that we have.

But the reality is, it’s so easy to get caught up in other things.  We need to stop and focus and be intentional about counting our blessings.  To help do that in our family, we started the tradition of the Thankful Pumpkin.
All you need to make one is a pumpkin and a permanent marker and a heart full of gratitude.
Each day, Little Crafter and I sit down and add a few things we’re thankful for to the list.  As we go, I just turn the pumpkin and write them down one after the other.  Sometimes we ask other people too, like hubby and my grandmother and other folks who visit us and add their blessings along with ours. Yesterday, we pretty well ran out of room on this year’s pumpkin, so LC thinks we should bring another one inside and start over.  Here it is when we were still in progress…you’ll notice Starbucks made the list.  Of course.

Last year was the first year we did this, and you can see our pumpkin was much smaller.  This year, we challenged ourselves with a larger one and I loved how as he watched it fill up, Little Crafter just kept saying, “Wow, we have so many things to be ‘fankful’ for, Mommy!” 

He also said “All of our blessings come from God, right, Mommy?”  What sweet words to hear.  We must be doing something right.
In addition to writing our blessings on the pumpkin, we also play the “thankful game” during meals sometimes.  We take turns going around the table and saying the things we’re thankful for.  Remember, if you want to play along, take a photo on Instagram of anything you’re thankful for, use the hashtag #thankfulgame and tag me @oneartsymama so I can respond!
Today, how are you focusing on the many reasons you have to be grateful?  Is this a tradition you could start with your family?
Counting my Blessings,

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20 comments on Thankful Pumpkin Tradition

  1. 4 You With Love
    November 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM (3 years ago)

    This is a wonderful idea! You are so incredibly clever, Amy!

  2. Jodi S
    November 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM (3 years ago)

    I really love this idea. What an awesome idea to focus on what we are thankful for :)

  3. Dara
    November 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM (3 years ago)

    that is so sweet!

  4. {Steph}
    November 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM (3 years ago)

    Love it! And how sweet to see & hear your son learning to be thankful so early in life. Well done, girl!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  5. Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things
    November 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM (3 years ago)

    Ooooh, what a fun idea! We have always done a thankful tree but my oldest kids are kind of getting bored with it so I’ve been looking for new ideas. I LOVE THIS, especially how each kid could have their own pumpkin to write on throughout the month. You are always so inspiring!

  6. Michelle
    November 17, 2012 at 5:45 AM (3 years ago)

    I love that idea! Now I’ve got to figure out how this left-handed mommy can write on a pumpkin without smearing all of the words. :-)

  7. Helen B
    November 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM (3 years ago)

    What a GREAT idea! I have a pumpkin that never got turned into a jack-o-lantern for Halloween as trick-or-treat was moved back a week due to the bad weather from hurricane Sandy. I need to do this with it! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gen
    November 19, 2012 at 3:31 PM (3 years ago)

    Sounds like a really sweet tradition! Wish we celebrated Thanksgiving the way you guys do in the States, but we here in Canada do it before Halloween, and it’s not nearly as big as you.

  9. HollysHome
    November 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM (2 years ago)

    I love this idea. I am going to link into it from my blog. I hope that is OK?

    • dancers4life
      November 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM (2 years ago)

      Sure! One photo and a link back is always welcome!

  10. Jeanne
    October 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM (12 months ago)

    I will use this idea every Thanksgiving…so creative and just a wonderful way to teach gratitude! Thank you.

    • dancers4life
      October 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Jeanne!

  11. Carrie
    November 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM (11 months ago)

    This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!


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