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Thanksgiving is all about gratitude (and turkey) but mostly gratitude. Whether you’re thankful for your health, an A on an exam, or spending time with your family, we all have something to be grateful for. I’ve created a snail mail project in partnership with Extra Gum’s Give Extra Get Extra campaign to share a small token of gratitude with some special people in my life this holiday season!
But isn’t that what Facebook is for, Janette? To not lose touch with people? Yes, Facebook facilitates keeping in touch with friends and family more often, but I wouldn’t consider “liking” a status update real communication. I think it’s important to establish and maintain healthy communication with people in our lives outside of social media and texting.
This is why I was inspired to create this Snail Mail project with Extra. I'm seizing this opportunity to reach out to those I’m truly grateful for. It wasn't that difficult either. I simply got crafty with some Extra gum packets! All I used for this project was craft paper, cute embellishments, and little phrases that say, “Extra thankful for you…” (Gosh, I'm clever! Ha!) I also included a note that goes into detail about things I'm grateful for.
Now is the time when I extend the invitation! Yes! I'm inviting you to participate in this campaign! Reach out to someone you are thankful for this holiday season. Send a tangible token of your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. It could be a short note, a gift card for a cup of coffee, or even a pretty pack of gum. This Thanksgiving season express your gratitude! Feel free to use my ideas and give Extra!
While you’re here, please share who you’re thankful for in the comments below. This could be a teacher, a childhood friend, or a pastor. It could be someone you know well or the friendly worker at your favorite restaurant. It could be someone you talk to every day, or someone you haven’t talked to in years. Past or present, there’s always someone or something for which to be grateful.
PS. Here are some additional ways you could use my “Extra…”snail mail project idea:
“Extra Glad You’re My Boss”(Sibling, Friend, Gym Partner, etc.)
“Extra happy I get to spend Thanksgiving with you...”
“Extra grateful for your kindness every day...”
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