Each year for our Family Home Evenings in November we build a Thankful turnkey -- a row at a time. This year the red part is things we're thankful for at church, orange is ways we can show we're thankful, yellow is things we're thankful for about the people in our family, and brown is people we're thankful for outside our family (the ones that live at our house). Some thoughts about our turkey: a) Spencer writes SO well for a 4 year old, it does my heart proud. b) It's a great tradition, and now that the kids can cut out the feathers it's pretty-well stress free. I enjoy seeing what they come up with even though sometimes when we say "what are you thankful for?" they shrug their shoulders and say they don't know (grrrr says the mamma bear). Anyway, I'm a big fan of the tradition, and especially because it puts us in a thankful mindframe before we get all greedy waiting for Christmas.
Today I am thankful for my family, but also for friends. The holidays are always hard as I hear about what my family back in Utah is doing, but I must admit that gathering at friends house is just as delightful -- and even if it isn't over the river and through the woods, it's still a tradition we're building with our family.