8 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day

A Checklist for a Day of Gratefulness

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a time to gather with loved ones and consider all the things for which we should be grateful. Thanksgiving can be a busy and fun day. There is much to do. You may have you own checklist. Allow me to share with you mine.

Here are eight things to do on Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Spend time reading the Bible. Do this in the morning, before the day gets too crazy. If you are unsure where to start, read Luke 23:26 – 24:12. Take time to consider the verses. They tell of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is something for which we all should be thankful.
  1. Consider your blessings. We are underserving of anything. Because of this, we should be in a posture of thankfulness for however much or little we have been given. Today, forget about your wants and focus on what you have.
  1. Contact a few of your friends. Give them a phone call or maybe a text. Wish them a happy Thanksgiving and let them know you are grateful for their friendship.
  1. Talk to your parents. They are the ones you woke up every few hours in the night during your first year of life. They are the ones who put up with your teenage years. And through it all, they loved you. Thank them. They deserve it.
  1. Laugh with your kids. Show them they bring happiness to your life. I tell my sons three things every night: (1.) I love you, (2.) I am proud of you, and (3.) I am so glad I get to be your dad. Enjoy time with your kids, and tell each one you love them, are proud of them, and are glad you get to be their dad or mom.
  1. Spend time with loved ones. Hopefully around a table, eating turkey and dressing. Tell stories, laugh often, and enjoy their presence. If the choice is between time with family and a movie, choose the former.
  1. Cherish these moments. Realize moments like these are to be treasured. Look around the room. Take a mental snapshot. Soak it in. There is no guarantee this year will look like the next.
  1. Pray by yourself and with others. God is the giver of all things. Anything we have been given is undeserved. Thank Him for what He has provided you.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May it be filled with laughter and gratefulness.

Happy Thanksgiving.

What about you? What are you Thanksgiving plans? Please feel free to place your comments in the section below. 

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2 thoughts on “8 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day

  1. I loved your 8 things….it’s all about love/relationship 🙂
    My hubby and I are making a special lunch together, walk the dog, take in the day for sure. He’s reading his Bible & I will now too! God always shows me something, and I’m excited for His living Word! Oh yeah!

    • Awesome! I read through the Luke text this morning. I can’t think of a better way to start off the day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!