I've been wanting to write this for 5 years or more, but just didn't have the time when I was working in a church. Here in Peru I have had more time, so I've worked the last 3 months on making this a reality :) There are tons of advent and lent devotionals out there, but I haven't seen many religious ones available that concentrate solely on being thankful. So, that was my goal! A family-friendly, religious month long devotional on giving thanks 💛 (you can find it on teachers pay teachers - linked above - or Etsy)
When I first thought of the idea, I wanted to make it so that there would be enough devos to get you from Nov 1 to Thanksgiving. However, as I wrote it, I realized that ONE, some people/countries don't celebrate Thanksgiving and people buy my products from all over the world, and TWO, this could be a Devotional of thanksgiving instead of a Thanksgiving Devotional. So, you can use this any time of the year. I do think that if you live in a country that celebrates a form of Thanksgiving (from scouring the internet, I believe Japan, Canada, and Germany do!) that this would compliment it nicely. In addition, here in the US, November is not only Thanksgiving, but the PCUSA usually labels November as "Stewardship" month - which also fits nicely with the theme of the devotional. So, however and whenever you want to use the 28 day devotional is totally up to you and/or your church. I do mention the holiday of "Thanksgiving" in a couple of the devotionals, but it is certainly not a requirement.
If you and/or your church want to use this as a lead-in to Thanksgiving, here are a couple of suggestions. Thanksgiving can fall anywhere from the 22nd-28th of November so I included 28 devos. If you want to conclude the devotional ON Thanksgiving, take a look at the themes and feel free to swap some out that may be more/less relevant to your families. Some may resonate more than others. The devotionals are geared towards ages prek-elementary.
So what does each devotional include?
Each devotional has 6 parts. Theme, Scripture, short child-friendly devo, call to action, "leaf activity", and a prayer.
1. As seen in the picture above, each devotional has a theme as it's heading. Each day is something new that you can be thankful for. Along with the ones above, you can also find technology, sports, music, books, water, God's creation, food, family, etc.
2. Also as you can see above, each devotional begins with a Scripture that goes along with the theme for the day. Unless indicated, the Scripture comes from the NRSV.