Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Journaling Prompts Tuesday

  • How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?  What are the traditions involved?  Also think of things like football, watching the parade, games, etc, not just food.
  • Create a list of what you are thankful for.  
  • Have each member of the family write down what they are most thankful for.  
  • If you have participated in "Attitude of Gratitude" or "30 Days of Thankfulness" posts on Facebook, make a layout using your posts (see my examples here).  
  • Who's house do you hold the festivities at?  If it rotates, make a list of the past several years and where it was held.
  • Take a picture of each food dish on the table.  If they were made by different people, make a tag with the name of who made it to go with the picture.  
  • Take a picture of the guests.  Is it different every year or the same?
  • Take a picture of the decorations. 
  • Tasks: who does what?
  • Take before and after pictures of the cooking process (thinking of the mess involved).  
  • Take pictures of the guests after the big meal?  Are they napping, lounging, cleaning, etc?  Tell us what happens afterwards.  
  • Do you have memories of Thanksgivings past?  Share or compare.
  • Document times.  What time did you start the cooking?  What time did you eat?  Finish?
  • Where did you get ideas for dishes, decor, etc?  If from a magazine or website, print and include in a page about your Thanksgiving inspiration. 
  • Do you dress up for Thanksgiving or keep it casual?
  • What's the conversation like around the dinner table?  Do you have to stay away from certain topics (like politics) or does anything go?  Or perhaps it's pretty quiet because everyone is chowing down?
  • Do you just have one big meal for the day or do you still have 3 meals? 
  • How many days of leftovers?  :)
  • Scrap those recipes.  Is there any history behind them?
  • Did you travel?  Tell of your journey.
  • Do you break the wishbone?  Who always wins?  Who "won" this year?  
  • Do a "signs of Thanksgiving Day" page.
  • What about your own festivities and traditions is different than most people you know?
  • If you always go to someone else's house, would you want to host the festivities?  What would it be like at your house?  Or are you grateful you don't have to host?
  • If you play games together, what do you play?  Document who wins?  Who is the most competitive?  Who is the silliest?
  • Create Thanksgiving trivia with blanks missing and have your kids/family try to fill them out.  It can be a fun (and funny) activity for Thanksgiving, but it also can be great to scrapbook!  :)
  • If you have a lot of guests, bring small pieces of paper (think shapes) or fabric (for a fun twist) and have them all sign a piece as they come.  Arrange them on a page.  You could have them expand this and write what they are thankful for and then sign it.
  • If you were rating this Thanksgiving what would it get?  Best ever or room for improvement?
  • Sometimes the "mistakes" and mishaps of the day are the best memories.  Don't be afraid to include those in your pages.  You can look back later and laugh.  

Shout it out if you have more suggestions and I will add them to the list!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  
And have a fabulous day!


Sylvia Blum said...

We don't have "Thanksgiving" in Germany, but I had a blast reading through your list of ideas :)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I need to print this out and keep it handy on Thursday. Thank you! :)

Connie Mercer said...

super list!

Blessed Ladybug said...

thanks i have copy and pasted the prompt i'll be working on some.. thanks somuch for sharing.. have a great day..

Gina Lideros said...

great ideas Pam!

Fleursbydesign said...

Great ideas, we have all ready celebrated in Canada but will keep them in mind for next year.

Madeline said...

Lots of great ideas there! Thanks!