It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving 2019 will be a memory this time next week. 2019, while seemingly dragging us through the mud at times, has passed quickly as the years do.
More and more, Thanksgiving seems to be a holiday that is overshadowed between Halloween and Christmas. Many stores began putting up Christmas decorations after October 31, or even Labor Day!
We’re traditionalists, as we know it’s only because of the insight and opportunities provided by previous generations that our farmer-owned cooperative is still active and proudly in your community today. This week, we thought we’d share three Thanksgiving traditions that might be worth beginning with your family this Thanksgiving.
Create a Keepsake Tablecloth
Cover the table with a white tablecloth and place glasses filled with cloth markers around the table. Ask guests to draw what they’re thankful for, or even a bit of art for the little ones. Once the table is cleared, you’ll have a memento that you can reuse every year. And what fun it will be to look back in five years! We do, however, understand the risk that comes with cranberry sauce and a white table cloth. Charge ahead anyway – it will make for a great story!
Write Letters of Gratitude
It is easy to get busy in our day-to-day routines and forget about the people and things who are bright spots in our day. By choosing to be grateful under any circumstances, you’ll find even more things to appreciate.
Set blank stationery at each place setting with a pen and invite your guests to write a letter of gratitude to someone they need to thank. Maybe a child’s teacher, a neighbor, a doctor, your home heat delivery driver or the really great cashier at the grocery store who takes the time to bag your groceries so nothing gets smashed. Everyone enjoys a hand-written note, and by giving your Thanksgiving guests a pen, blank note and five minutes to express their thanks to someone, it’s a win-win for everyone on this special day of gratitude.
Bookend the Event with the Next Generation
Every day at the co-op, we talk about the next generation. The next generation of employees, the next generation of farmer-members, the next generation of technology and more. On Thanksgiving, the younger generation may find themselves left out, stuck at the kid’s table with a slab of turkey the size of their head and a stuffy sweater vest mom insisted they wear.
Why not include them in the Thanksgiving traditions in 2019 and invite them to either help set the table or serve dessert? This gets them involved in the event, shows them the value they bring to the table (literally) and keeps their hands busy for a bit longer.
We at Harvest Land are thankful for you, your business and our partnership.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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