Grace and Kindess, Holidays, lifestyle

Easily express gratitude throughout the holidays

Good morning!

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Holiday season for us as we gather together toward the end of this week to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a great time to remember what we’re grateful for and to express that gratitude to those we love and appreciate. Saying ‘thank you’ is a good place to start with showing your gratitude but why not go a step further? Why not express your gratitude with a homemade gift, a small note or something personalized.

Here are some of my favorite ways to express gratitude in a season of over indulgence and over loading:

Hand written note to a loved one. I send cards all of the time but my favorite ones to send are those that are not for anything specific. I love just writing a note for no reason to let someone know I love and appreciate them and that they’re thought of. We go on day by day with thoughts of our loved ones but most always never take the time to say I love you, and I’m thinking of you. Just because. This is a great way to let someone know you love them and are thinking of them without spending a lot of money and they can keep it for when they need it most.

Personalized gift. For mother’s day one of my best girl friends got me a necklace with my son’s initial, my initial and my husband’s initial on it.  I cried when she gave it to me. She also wrote me a sweet card about being a great mom. I keep the card in my night stand and read it when I need a pick me up. The necklace I wear every single day. It means the world to me! Every time my son’s little hands grab on to it I think of my sweet friend and smile. Little things like that mean so much!

Make someone a homemade dish, dessert or meal. Surprising a friend or family member with a yummy meal or dessert or snack is a great way of showing appreciation and love. There is nothing that says love more than the time and attention it takes to make a home cooked meal.

Just say thank you! Easiest and quickest way to show someone you’re grateful for them? Just send them a text! A simple text of appreciation for your loved one’s support, love and friendship is a great way to show how much you care. So often we say we “meant to text but forgot” and in our busy lives that’s easy to do and forgivable. This holiday season I encourage you to just send that text the minute you think of it. Get it out there that you love the person and want to show them your gratitude. They deserve to know they’re loved!

Let’s all show more gratitude and love this holiday season. Let someone know you care. Let someone know they’re presence in your life means so much to you. Let them know you’re thinking of them and that you need them in your life.

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Gratefully,

Emily

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