Oh the Holidays….
I have many feelings about them, many of them contradicting one another! I want to be ready for them and prepare. But I want to enjoy all the festivities during the season, so I can’t get all my Christmas shopping done in the summer! I want to see everyone, but I need it to be small enough to be intimate and have meaningful conversations. I want to have kid friendly activities available, but I want kids to feel free to do whatever comes organically and naturally. Too much planning can hinder their creativity. And the list of contradictions goes on and on and floods my thoughts.
In this post, I’m going to share two of my favorite ways to enrich Thanksgiving… I personally am going to stick to these two and if more happens, great! If not, I’ll still consider it an excellent holiday well-spent with family and friends.
The Thanksgiving table, while often uniting families and friends, can be a very isolating experience for others. People that are deaf or hard of hearing are suddenly in a loud and mumbling environment. Surrounded by indistinguishable words and missed jokes, many deaf adults remember back on holidays as a very frustrating time where they feel alone and bored. This week, I’d like to offer a sign language video where my kids and I go over Thanksgiving signs. It’s a great conversation starter! It provides a lot of the foods that you’ll be eating. Whether deaf or hearing I expect it to be useful for varying reasons. This video is full of kid mischief but I hope it proves to be helpful! Over the years, our relatives have learned many of the holiday signs and they make a point to engage with Ollie. It literally melts my heart!
Feel free to share this with anyone you like. Try to use at least 5 signs over your Thanksgiving dinner! (LINK HERE)
Another thing I will be inviting my family to do this year is one of my favorite traditions. All it takes is a thankful thought, sharpie, parchment paper, and crescent rolls! Before dinner everyone writes on a strip of paper what they are thankful for. They can do more than one depending on how many people and rolls you are making. Once everyone’s (secretly) written down what they’re thankful for, roll the little strips of paper up into the crescent roll and bake!
As you eat, it’s just like a fortune cookie. People read aloud what others wrote and the BEST PART is everyone gets to guess who wrote it! We have spent a lot of time doing this in past years. It’s a great conversation starter and gets everyone involved and talking. I found myself surprised more than once by what family members wrote down. It wasn’t until asked, that it came out!
One pointer here… instruct your sweet family members to write something other than “family”…otherwise you get like eight “family” answers 🙂 Maybe you could write down two things on one paper…? 🙂
This weeks election has brought a lot of feelings to our nation, happy and sad. Let’s take a moment to focus on things we have an influence on… family, friends, strangers…
Happy Early Thanksgiving folks. I hope your heart is filled to the brim and that love begins to overflow this holiday season.