It’s been more than 25 years since I designed and constructed a 6 foot long, blue felt Thankful Banner for my family. The goal was to put the items we were thankful for on it, in picture form, so my young children could understand it. I hang it up every year around this time. It stays up pasts Christmas, therefore it gets packed away with the holiday decorations. If I am slow to pull out the Christmas decorations, then the banner is delayed in getting put up (meaning after Thanksgiving). My two boys are both grown, but they expect to see it hanging on the wall. I guess it is tradition and a part of their childhood. When my son got married he noticed when I added his new wife to the banner. Several years later, my daughter-in-law noticed when I added our first granddaughter to the banner. This year we have a new addition to our family and I will be adding a second granddaughter to the things we are Thankful for.
Being thankful is powerful; it can remove a sour attitude, give you an appreciation for life or stir up a sense of hope and peace. It can chase the doldrums away and provide renewed energy. Our family banner is full, but simple. A pepperoni pizza represents food and musical notes represent singing. Our banner has a hot air balloon on it because they are cool and we used to live in the hot air balloon capital of the world – Albuquerque.
Even in the worst of times, there is always something to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for?