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Thanksgiving is just DAYS away… I can already smell the stuffing, the fresh baked pie, and the cranberries, OOH, I’m excited!

Thanksgiving is the time of year we are to show thanks, and to be appreciative of those around us. Too often, we get all too caught up in the food, the football, and the shopping that we forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving; showing how thankful we are for those in our lives!

Here are 5 ways we can be thankful for our spouses this Thanksgiving!

 

  1. Plan a special night out

It’s so easy to get caught up in the Holidays and spending time shopping, or with family, that we forget how important one-on-one time is! Plan a special night out where just the two of you can enjoy quality time together.
Here’s some fun ideas to do in Minneapolis:

  • The Paint Pub, Maple Grove – Take a painting lesson while sipping on beer, what’s better than that?!
  • Punch Bowl Social, Minneapolis – Whether you want to chill out, or rock out, Punch Bowl Social has you covered!
  • Cold Front, St. Paul – We’re about to be hit with one, so why not do it getting ice cream?!

 

2. Pay attention to what they’re (not) asking for

Maybe your spouse has been so busy planning, cooking, and figuring out all of the holiday plans that the laundry is piling up or the dishes are overflowing, and at the end of the day, they’re just too tired to take care of anything else. Take a step back and look at all the work they’ve been doing to make sure this Holiday goes swell; your spouse may not be asking you to do the dishes, or start the laundry, but small signs of appreciation like this will go a long way.

 

3. Express affirmation

Gratitude is recognizing what your spouse does, while affirmation is appreciating who your spouse¬†is. Throughout the week show your spouse words of affirmation, and acknowledge their qualities. Whether it’s their courage, creativity, kindness, or honesty; whatever it may be, pick one trait your spouse displays, and tell him or her why it matters so much to you.

 

4. Cherish them

Do you know the 5 Love Languages? Show your spouse love, or cherish them, based off their love language. Whether it’s Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, or Physical Touch decipher their strongest love language, and cherish them around that.

 

5. Thank them

As simple as it sounds, a simple “thank you” can go a long way. More often than not, we take the little things for granted. Did your spouse dish up dinner and bring it to you? Thank them. Did your spouse take the dog out right before bed because you didn’t want to go out in the cold? Thank them. The power of words is incredible, and can greatly affect a person.

 

I know it sounds easy and you may think you do this everyday, but the reality of it is, we get so worked up in the Holidays that we forget about the true meaning behind them. Take a moment, stop your planning, cooking, or shopping, thank your spouse and spend a little one-on-one time with them. After all, the Holidays are all about being grateful and thankful.