Promise not to freak out? Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away. But wait! Before you spiral into a panic about presents, guest lists, and delegating dishes, here are a few suggestions (and printables below!) to make your holiday a festive and meaningful one:
- Start practicing active thankfulness now.
It’s a tradition many Americans practice—saying what you’re grateful for around the dinner table. But instead of waiting for Thanksgiving Day, remind yourself of what you’re thankful for right now. Remind yourself when you’re waiting in long lines at the grocery store, dealing with difficult relatives, or cleaning the house before guests arrive. And if you forget, here’s a good trigger: Every time you start to feel stressed, stop and remind yourself of all the wonderful people and things God has put into your life. It’ll get you in the Thanksgiving spirit in no time! So what if you burned the pumpkin pie? Be thankful for the friends and family who will still ask for seconds of that store-bought version instead.
- Ground yourself in His Word.
How easy is it to get wrapped up in the chaos of the season? There are presents to buy, cookies to bake, flights to catch, and much more. Which is why we’ve provided some printable Scripture cards with verses of thankfulness for you to carry around. Whenever you have a moment to breathe, pull them out and remind yourself of God’s promises until you’ve memorized them by heart.
- Stay present.
When you’ve been working toward something for weeks, it’s hard to shift your focus to the present once your guests arrive. Below you’ll find some fun printables to keep you grounded in the moment around the Thanksgiving table. Hang up the cute banner, light candles, spend time with each and every one of your guests, and then send them home with recipe cards of their favorite dishes.
Click below for some cute printables for your Thanksgiving table!