Sometimes family traditions can be simple and not take much time, yet still foster a strong connection between family members.
Then simply take turns writing a word or phrase of gratitude.
I love the unfolding of different colors and handwriting scrawls as the words of gratitude wind themselves around and around the pumpkin. As the pumpkin fills with gratitude messages, we realize that our gratitude is wide, ranging from Legos to forgiveness. We see a mutual appreciation for family, friends, and a safe country.
It’s very casual, not structured at all.
We didn’t realize until later that our little pumpkin was blessing whoever came to our door. In a season of frequent deliveries from Amazon or having family over for holiday events, it became a special welcome moment as people paused to read about our thankfulness.
Now that’s a tradition that we can get behind.