I love the Thanksgiving season, because it helps me to look over my life and see that I am blessed a whole lot. I know that if I have a house to live in and it’s got a bed and some food and I have clothes to wear and shoes to put on then I am blessed. In the winter when it’s coldest, I have heat in my house and warm pajamas to put on, and a nice cup of hot chocolate to drink while I read my favorite story on my phone or tablet or I have a real book in my hands, then I am thankful. Very thankful.
So, as this Thanksgiving season begins don’t forget to show thankfulness and thank God for all your blessings. Also, pray that God will bless other families who don’t have what you have. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Here’s a history of Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2018 occurs on Thursday, November 22. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Online Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
I know that some of you will be going to school by the end of this month of August and some will be back in school right after Labor Day in September. Whatever the date, it’s time to pull out that old backpack from last semester and see what you can take into your new semester. Let’s see how to help mom and dad out this year:
- If you have pencils with good erasers, put them into your new backpack or pencil box. It can save mom and dad money when buying school supplies, not only that but it help you to learn how to save money and good resources.
- If you have crayons that are still good, put them into your backpack, too. Whatever you do, take the broken up crayons and put them in a dollar store shoe box and keep them in a neat place in your room to use when at home.
- Use for the new semester folders that you didn’t use before or that are still in good condition
- Find those scissors from last semester. They’re still good and get them ready for the new school year.
- Open those drawers, look under the bed, behind the dressers, and in the closet and get all of the socks, pants, blouses, tee-shirts, jeans and underwear that you still wear and are good. Make sure to get them washed or wash them yourself with mom, dad, big sister or big brother’s supervision and then put them in your drawers and hang them up in your closets so they’ll be ready for the new school year.
If you do all of that then when you ask them for that expensive pair of gym shoes, you just might get them.
Young child holding open carton-box
New owners cleaning their flat
Well, it’s April, and we’re all hoping for a wonderful spring season. You know how I am always telling you to make sure you read daily for at least 20 minutes. But guess what, I’m going to ask you to do something else. It will help you and help Mom and Dad, too. It’s called SPRING CLEANING! Now don’t go “Oh Boy, really!?” There’s a lot of fun in cleaning up around the house and especially in your room. When you move the bed, the dresser or open the closet and begin to clean your room real good here’s what will happen:
- You’ll find that money in one of the pockets of your jacket or pants that you forgot you had
- You’ll find that diary that you hid so our brothers and sisters would find it
- You’ll see an outfit that you may have forgotten you had in the closet
- You’ll find that CD that you loved on the floor behind the bed when you move it
- While cleaning out the closet, you’ll find really good clothes that you’ve outgrown and you can fold up and put in a bag and give to a charity for other kids to wear. (Remember, everyone isn’t as fortunate as you. By giving to charity good or slightly use clothes you will help to clothes children who don’t have. That’s wonderful.)
- You’ll find that phone number in your dresser drawer to your girlfriend or best guy friend whose family moved away to another state and you’ll be able to call him or her to catch up on the latest events.
- You’ll find that book that your little brother or sister kept wanting you to read to them that you hid and said you couldn’t find it. You’ll be glad to give it back to them. Yes, of course, they’ll want you to read it to them again.
- You’ll surprise Mom and Dad making them so happy that they might reward you with a new Playstation or Xbox or even a new TV.
- You’ll be so glad that your room is fresh and clean and organized. No more cobwebs!
I told you, spring cleaning isn’t bad at all. So, hop to it. Tomorrow is Saturday, a great day to get started spring cleaning that room. When you get a little tired, sit down and keep it simple and read a book for 20 minutes. Then get back to cleaning.