Stores are rolling out the Christmas decorations sooner and sooner each year. It subtracts from the true meaning of Advent, and overlooks the meaning of Thanksgiving.
One way to stay focused on how much God has done for us, and how much we have to be thankful for is the Thanks Challenge. It can take place in a journal, poster or Facebook. The challenge is to think of something you are thankful for each day from Nov. 1 to Thanksgiving, and add it to a list or Facebook wall.
English and Religion teachers can use it as a journaling project, asking for a written paragraph each day. The paragraph is not graded for content, but is only assessed for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
After school care programs can put up posters on the wall, and have the children add an item to a list each day. This can be done as a gathering activity when the students first arrive, and the leader is busy taking attendance and getting supplies in order. Make the posters from legal size paper. Draw, or use Word Art to create a heading that says “(name) is thankful for” at the top. Write or type the numbers 1 to 28 down the side of the paper, giving the student enough room to write a few words.
Computer teachers can put the challenge on Facebook. It can even have a consequence for students that can’t keep up the pace. If the student misses more than two days in a row, they have to change their profile picture to a turkey, and post the reason why to their friends.