I love to decorate with pumpkins, especially the bumpy, squatty, odd-looking ones. I never carve them because I’don’t’ care to and because I’m not a big fan of the plain old orange ones, but this year I found a way to make a Thanksgiving pumpkin that I like.
All you need is a pumpkin, a Sharpie, and a thankful heart. The first step is to realize you might not write in perfectly straight, even lines. Get over it! Start at the top of the pumpkin, and write a list of things you’re thankful for. I include serious things like God’s love, my family,…, and I throw in things like country music, crunchy leaves, my AC, brisket,… As you circle around back to where the previous Ines line started, just angle below and keep going. You can write your list on a piece of paper before you start, but I felt like that made it harder. I found it easier to come up with things as I went along.
I didn’t have any grandkids around when I started mine, so mine is just me. If you have kids, let them write for themselves, and it will be more meaningful for them and you. If they write, forget having straight lines and just enjoy the process as well as their sweet handwriting.
You can do it all at once or write one thing each day until Thanksgiving. My favorite way to do it would be at the supper table right before saying grace, but eating at the table isn’t always doable, so maybe right before bed would work better. It’s not the when and where that matters most; it’s helping your kids, or even just yourself, take time to realize and give thanks for all the many blessings, large and small, they have in their lives that matters.