Advent Candle Idea: 25 Ways to be Thankful

20161106_150831I love Advent and candles. Here’s a really simple idea for using them to develop thankfulness in the run up to Christmas. It doesn’t take long, but a few moments each day will help develop a habit of thankfulness in a month when so much is trying to pull us away from it.

You might find it easiest to choose a time of day when you do this, as this ritual will help make it easier to do. We do ours over our evening meal together, but you might like breakfast or lunch or just before bed. Do what works for your family, and don’t worry if not everyone joins in! This is purposefully a thankfulness activity, so those who want to can thank God, and others can be thankful. Children age 7+ might like to invent their own fill-in-the-blank sentences, so you could print these ones out and leave spaces for them to add some fun ideas of their own.

Light a candle each day in Advent (it could be an Advent candle but doesn’t need to be) and spend a minute or two taking it in turns to complete the  sentence for that day (1 is December 1st):

1. I am thankful for …
2. I am thankful that I have …
3. I am thankful for people who …
4. I am thankful that today …
5. I am thankful for animals especially …
6. I am thankful for my …
7. I am thankful that we are …
8. I am thankful I don’t have to …
9. I am thankful the world is …
10. I am thankful for the colour …
11. I am thankful we can …
12. I am thankful for all the …
13. I am thankful we go …
14. I am even thankful for …
15. I am thankful that every day …
16. I am thankful that running up to Christmas …
17. I am thankful that in this family we …
18. I am thankful for all the people that …
19. I am thankful we get to …
20. I am especially thankful for …
21. I am thankful that each Christmas we …
22. I am thankful for all the great …
23. I am thankful for food, especially …
24. I am thankful for… and … and …
25. The person I am most thankful for today is …

Click HERE to get your FREE printable pdf which you can print and keep near your candle and here’s some more Advent candle ideas.

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