we interrupt this blog to set the record straight / 30 days of thanks

It’s no secret that I love Christmas…right??

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Yes, y’all!!! I just LOVE Christmas – all year long!

But let’s set the record straight on something:

I’m hearing and seeing a lot of people on social media lately bashing us Christmas lovers and saying stuff like “skip right over Thanksgiving!”

Who said anything about skipping over Thanksgiving???

Just because someone loves Christmas and puts up a tree early or leaves a tree up all year if they want – doesn’t mean they skip on being thankful.

That would be like saying I skip New Years because I leave my tree up til March.

Oh and Valentine’s Day too.

I’m so very thankful. I practice Thanksgiving IN FULL! We sit around our table and talk about thankfulness. We ask questions and write down things we are most thankful for in the past year.

In realizing that it is so easy to take thankfulness for granted – especially in a culture where Christmas gets a lot of attention (for a lot of reasons other than why I like to celebrate it I might add), I’m inviting you to join me for 30 Days of Thanks.

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I know what you’re thinking – write something each day you’re thankful for. Yeah, most of us have done that before, right?

Today I was introduced to something so beautiful called Grateful Garland!

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My friend, Mandy, created this concept and she’s done all the work for us!

All you need to do is print out the free printable here she designed for us and then fill out one slip for each day.

You can cut these and make a beautiful garland to go on your mantle or anywhere. OR you could leave them in beautiful colored strips and hang them like ribbon.

Each day has a prompt that goes along with scripture. Your family can write, draw, whatever on the paper.

One idea was to then use your garland as a Christmas decoration starting on December 1 when you’ve strung together an entire month of thanks!

At the end of the season, you can collect your pieces of paper, cut them flat and put them in an envelope with your Christmas decor. How fun to pull out that envelope next year and read through what you were thankful for the year before?

If you want more ideas on how to use the Grateful Garland, here’s a video from Mandy:

And don’t even worry if you’re reading this on November 2 and you think you’ve missed out! Life will happen. We may not be able to remember each and every nights – that’s ok! Go back and make up for it the next night. Or just continue an extra night into December. It’s OK!!!

Let’s all join together and give thanks – even if we do have a Christmas tree to look at and be oh so thankful for πŸ™‚

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Join us for 30 Days of Thanks!

  1. Print out the Grateful Garland Free Printable here.
  2. Fill out a strip for each day
  3. Link them together OR hang them however you want around your house.
  4. Gather your thanks at the end of the month and use them as decor for Christmas.
  5. Collect your thankful slips in an envelope at the end of the year and save them to look back on next Christmas and be reminded of how faithful God is in our lives!

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4 comments

  1. I think I will try this Starr. Posting on FB is not what I do , but doing this garland idea, I like that. Thanks.
    I am thankful for having gotten to know know you. Can’t wait to meet you face to face.

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