Years ago during a women's Bible study at the church we then attended, a very creative woman brought each of us a tiny pot with a gold bow tied around it. Then she placed a bag full of gold and silver spray painted beans on the table and asked us all to fill our pots with beans. Intrigued, we all did. Then she explained that this was our thankfull pot and the beans represent the blessings we are thankful for. Now each Thanksgiving, I bring out the pot, spread the beans on the table and pass the pot around. Each person then picks up a bean, says what they are thankful for and fills the pot. When the pot is full we place it in the middle of the table. This is one way of keeping the focus of Thanksgiving on the blessings from God.
I used this in my current book, Giving Thanks for Baby. I love incorporating some of my life into my books.
I wish you all a wonderful, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.