Sunday, November 13, 2011

Be Thankful and Win!

An Allrecipes' Employee's Desk

What are you thankful for? Friends? Family? Good health? An unexpected gift? The Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving so long ago were grateful just to be alive after an arduous sea voyage and a year living in a strange, new land. To honor their legacy and the meaning of Thanksgiving, the first activity for Thanksgiving week is writing down what you’re grateful to have in your life. The big things, the sweet things, anything unexpected and wonderful, plus the “thank goodness, I escaped” things!

This inspiring exercise encourages you to think about what’s truly important in your life. Write one thing, and it’s sure to inspire other ideas. No age limitations either! Everyone can participate, even kids! Click to the Respect the Bird How-To Guide, scroll to Sunday, November 21, and print off forms using the “I’m Thankful for” template . Then set aside a half-hour, grab some paper, marking pens or crayons, and have everyone make their own list. Little ones can draw pictures to illustrate their ideas. Share by reading them aloud. Will you be surprised? Post the lists somewhere---in your kitchen, on the fridge, on the family bulletin board—so everyone can see them and be reminded all week about the good things in your family’s life. Add more items during the week, too. If desired, read them again on Thanksgiving Day. What are you most thankful for?

When you have your ideas, enter them in the Respect the Bird & Share Your Thanks Facebook sweepstakes. You might win a gorgeous orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer! Imagine what you could make with that - hopefully a lot of delicious treats to be thankful for!

What we’re thankful for: Here are ideas gathered from Allrecipes’ staff, Allrecipes’ Facebook page, blog posts, and more)

My friends and family
My fur family
Good health
My friends who have helped make Seattle home!
The Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving Day
Football games on Thanksgiving Day (when my team wins)
My garden
My kids
Diet Coke
A family walk after the feast

We can't wait to hear what you're thankful for!

-Respect the Bird Team


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