The Thanksgiving holiday conjures up images of a delicious roasted turkey on the table, a fireside glowing with the warmth of the holiday season and a sweet pumpkin pie waiting to be devoured. However, while much of this holiday centers on an enormous meal with family and friends, it’s important to remember what Thanksgiving is truly about. This year, make giving thanks on Thanksgiving a priority. Give back to the people in your life that you are truly thankful for.
6 Ways to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving
- Make a Thanksgiving donation to your church. Perhaps your church is working on a Thanksgiving meal for homebound members, or maybe they will be giving all donations to a local soup kitchen. Either way, your church helps you immensely throughout the year with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express your gratitude.
- Attend a Thanksgiving service. Spend the service reflecting on the meaning of Thanksgiving and offering your prayers of gratefulness.
- Offer to pick up the tab for the holiday meal for your family. This will surely make the holidays merry and bright for someone in your family at a time when money can be very tight.
- Pledge to unplug for the day while you spend time with your family and friends. Show the people you love the most that you are truly appreciative of the time you get to spend with them by giving them your undivided attention for the day.
- Help distribute a Thanksgiving meal at a local homeless shelter, and spend time talking with the visitors who are eating there.
- Bake pies, cookies and other Thanksgiving treats to deliver to the local police station and fire station, where first responders will be spending their Thanksgiving Day at work.
While a full belly at the end of Thanksgiving will certainly be satisfying, it will be nothing compared to how full your heart will feel if you take on a few of these projects this year. Giving thanks on Thanksgiving by giving back to God, your family and your community is one of the best things you can do — not only for others, but also for yourself. It will help you gain the perspective you need as you enter the busy holiday season, and it will remind you of everything you have to be grateful for throughout the entire year. Keep in touch with CCU over the break for more great ways to give back on Thanksgiving.