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How to Make a Thankful Box

What Are You Thankful For?

At age nine, my obsession with American Girl Magazine was in full force. In its November issue it proposed making a "thankful box" to pass around the Thanksgiving table while asking each person to write on a piece of paper one thing they're thankful for. So I promptly found a shoe box, painted it rainbow colors, and cut a hole in the top. Since then we pull out the box every year, and each person gets to write as many notes as they want. We then send the box around the table reading each other's pieces of paper aloud (which offers opportunity for comic relief if you think ahead).

But the best part of the thankful box is that we keep the papers from past years inside. So once we're done reading this year's, we go back through as we wish, turning it into a memory box. It's always enjoyable to try to decipher my late grandfather's handwriting to determine what he was thankful for in 1996. In case your family isn't as sentimental as mine, here's your chance to dish: what are you thankful for this year?

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Venus1 Venus1 6 years
I am thankful for those are tolerant and caring. I am also thankful for condoms for helping to keep us safe.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I am thankful for my friends, my boyfriend, my pets, and my ability to have fun doing solitary activities instead of relying on others for happiness.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I only moved to north america a few years ago, and have never celebrated thanksgiving because that's not something my family was used to. And well, I'm in Canada, who had their thanksgiving last month, so this isn't exactly relevant. Going around the table saying what you're grateful for sounds pretty sweet, though. I'm not sure if I start doing North American traditions when I'm older and have my own family, this does seem very good for children though, to have a sense of family belonging.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I am thankful for my daughter, our little home, and the fact that I still get a kick out of the little things.
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