Gracious Gobbler, starting November 1st until Thanksgiving:
- Welcome the Gracious Gobbler into your home! Allow your kids to hug and love your turkey, keeping him present as a reminder to be kind and compassionate, and to show gratitude.
- As our days become busy, it can be difficult to focus on the positive things happening around us. Make efforts to be intentional daily, focusing on small acts of kindness and encourage children to do the same. Be grateful for the kindness shown by others.
- Each evening, at bedtime, dinner, or any quiet moment, reflect as a family on the day. Encourage children to share moments they showed or received kindness and the impact those interactions may have had. Not every day is a great day, and that’s OK too! Talk about ways things could be different the following day.
- Once your kids are in bed, an adult should write a note “from the Gracious Gobbler” on one of the cards provided and leave it with the Gracious Gobbler for the family to read together the following morning. The note should be sincere, clear, and identify the specific behavior for which it is delivered. This is an additional way to recognize and appreciate the efforts someone in your home has made.
- Recognize whoever you feel is deserving of a note from the Gracious Gobbler that evening. There may be times that you feel it is necessary to acknowledge more than one person on a given day.
- Although large gifts are not necessary, if you feel a small token of appreciation left with the note is deserving for someone in your home, that is entirely up to you.
- The night before Thanksgiving, put your turkey away for the following year. If you have saved your notes, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to read through the notes you have accumulated and recognize your efforts in creating a world of kindness and the grace you have brought into your home.