I seriously love quotes.
There is just so much wisdom and insight in them. And, often, they are easy to remember, so we can carry that wisdom with us in our daily lives.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we are all busy planning holiday meals and gatherings. A couple of years ago, I thought about how I could recreate an old tradition. Because some members of my family are not religious, I decided to replace the pre-dinner prayer with something new, and to put my love of quotes to good use.
I perused the internet for quotes on gratitude, love, family, Thanksgiving, etc. and tried to pair a quote with each member of my family. (For example, my son is an intellectual college student so I found an appropriate one from Einstein. And my mom is a typical, loving grandma, so often I gravitate to someone like Mother Theresa for hers. You get the idea.)
Since my calendar is more than full (refer to my last post, haha) I buy ready-made place cards, but you artsy-craftsy people could certainly create your own masterpieces. I type the quotes on the computer using a pretty font, cut and paste to the inside of the cards, and voila...instant pre-dinner inspirational sharing!
Usually we go around the table and read them aloud, but they would also be nice as a silent message to each family member or guest at the table.
And since I love quotes so much that I couldn't narrow down to just the seven for my family, I'll be adding a couple of framed quotes to my tablescape this year as well. I am going to spread that gratitude message to the Reinwalds if it's the last thing I do ;)
I hope you're all enjoying prepping your homes with warmth and cheer as we head into the winter months and the holidays. It's the perfect time to meld our creative spirits with the love we have for our families and friends.
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