A 'Thankful Pumpkin' Is The Perfect Way To Celebrate Fall With Kids

by Julie Scagell
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Thankful pumpkins are a sweet way to capture what you’re grateful for

Now’s about the time of year when your kids are begging to carve those Halloween pumpkins and if you’re anything like me, you know what sort of shitshow that will be. So, why not make the entire process much simpler and bond with your kids over all the things you’re grateful for in the process?

According to TODAY, author Amy Latta first came up with the idea of using a pumpkin as a living work of art to put down in writing what the whole family’s thankful for. She told TODAY Parents that she was looking for a way to teach her three-year-old son, Noah, about Thanksgiving without getting “caught up in the craziness of the holidays.”

“At meals, we were playing the ‘thankful game,’ where we would take turns going around the table and saying things we were grateful for, and I thought it would be fun for him — and for all of us — to physically see just how many blessings that added up to,” she said.

Our family also plays the “grateful game” every year before our Thanksgiving meal just like I did when I was a kid. And while my kids are usually grateful for things like their iPads and chicken fingers, it would be nice to be able to capture everyone’s responses year after year to look at throughout the holiday season.

After sharing her idea online, the idea took off with families sharing their “Thankful Pumpkins” with others. It can be anything big or small, just the idea of taking time out to remember all you have is the point.

“My favorite thing is when people send photos of the pumpkins they created, filled with all kinds of wonderful things!” Latta said.

Honestly, this is the perfect way to remember, even with everything going on in the world today, that sometimes just a simple message expressing our gratitude is all it takes to reset our priorities.

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