I got the following from my friend Roger Thoman. I like this as a Thanksgiving game or ice-breaker, but also have a more marriage oriented application. First Roger’s:
Note on Thanksgiving Paper Bags: So here is how we did this. Everyone brought a paper bag with three objects in it representing three things that they are thankful for. Important rule: You cannot include God or your family as things to be thankful for. This is not to negate that we are all thankful for God and our family, but—that’s just the point—we are ALL thankful for God and our family so that would take up two or three objects already. So, move past those and come up with three other things to be thankful for, then put objects in your bag that represent those three things. When we gathered, one person chose a bag (not their own) to open. The idea, then, is to try to guess whose bag it is based on what’s in the bag. The person who opens the bag tries to guess the owner of the bag. If he is not successful, others in the room can chime in until the owner is identified. Then the owner of that bag explains his/her three objects, what they represent and why they are thankful for that. Finally, that person picks up the next bag and the process continues. Very fun and very meaningful. We have used this with family on Thanksgiving Day as well.
Now a marriage twist: Do this with your bride, each of you doing three to five items. Obviously there is no point guessing who’s bag is who’s, but you can go over the items one at a time, guess what each item means to your spouse, then listen to their thoughts and feeling behind the item.
Bonus: Feel free to “cheat” and put a gift for your bride at the bottom of your bag!
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