How much fun would it be if you and your sweetheart made it your personal mission to out-bless each other on Thanksgiving Day? I think it could be wild! Who can get up earlier and be the first to bless? Who can give the most unexpected surprise? Who will win the prize for most blessings?! Though we recommend creating some ground rules before the day begins! If you are up all night blessing each other, you might be cranky come dinner time. ~smile~
Make a Plan of “Attack” and Enjoy a Day Filled with Love and Surprises!
This challenge is meant to be fun – first and foremost. The goal is to make your special lady or gentleman feel incredibly loved and respected by the end of Thanksgiving Day. So, yelling and fighting about rules will be somewhat counterproductive to your cause. ~smile~ This competition should include laughter and should strengthen your emotional connection.
Consider a Sample of One Married Man’s Excellent Plan:
- If possible, before going to bed, I will place flowers in front of her door.
- At 7am, I will wake her with a song I wrote for her.
- At 9am, she will enjoy a calming Thanksgiving bath with bath beads I picked out for her.
- Later, while she is cooking, I will play a playlist of her favorite songs.
- And, after she finishes with a dish, I will immediately wash it. She will have no dishes to wash this Thanksgiving!
- She does not know it, but I arranged for her best friend to stop by later. She has no idea her friend is in town. It will be a time of laughter and memories!
- There are several more blessings up my sleeve and I hope she goes to bed feeling like a princess. (And, I hope I win! ~smile~)
There are No Winners or Losers.
Everybody is a winner in this game! Keep score, but only for laughs and fun. Amuse your family with your aggressive determination to show each other love. The winner gets a bear hug, or bragging rights, or can unilaterally pick the next dating activity.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:9-11, ESV).
Have So Much Fun!
Remember to create a Thanksgiving journal and document how you blessed each other this Thanksgiving. Update it each year. After a decade or so, pull some of your old blessing maneuvers out of retirement.
Put your holidays on notice that they will not get the better of you. Stress can rob us of our holiday joy, but we can be ready to combat it. Even if the turkey burns, the cranberry sauce has actual cranberries in it (yuck!), or you do not get a piece of your favorite pie, decide to have a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is always at least one reason (or many reasons) to give thanks.
Is your mind already swimming with ways to bless your sweetheart tomorrow?