"Thankful Pumpkins" Are Our New Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition
Amy Latta came up with the idea of writing things her family was thankful for on pumpkins nearly a decade ago. She told Today that she was simply looking for a way to teach her 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," Latta recalled. "It was a great visual reminder of how blessed we are, and he loved watching the pumpkin fill up as we added to it every day."
"I was excited to get the project out there, because it is so simple and requires no special skills or materials," she told Today. "Literally anyone can do it, and I was excited to think about other families taking time to focus on gratitude."
Latta had no idea that it would resonate with other parents looking to add meaning to the holiday season. As she wrote in her original blog post, all you need to pull off this sweet craft is a "pumpkin, a permanent marker, and a heart full of gratitude."
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Over the years, Latta has heard from families all over the world who incorporated Thankful Pumpkins it into their holiday traditions.
"My favorite thing is when people send photos of the pumpkins they created, filled with all kinds of wonderful things!" she said.
With all the craziness going on in the world today, we think this is a simple and effective way to remind us of what matters most. Oh, and it's cute too!