I called it a "God idea."
Without saying a word I strung a string in the doorway between our living room and our kitchen. The kids watched bewildered as I started cutting printing paper into strips. When I had everyone's full attention on me and what I was doing I explained that though we didn't' have what others had that we have more than enough to be thankful for. All I ask of them was that every time they walked thru the doorway they would pause for a moment and ask themselves what they were thankful for. If something came to mind they were to write it down and add a link to the chain I was about to start. If they couldn't think of anything, it was alright, they could walk on and no one would think anything about it.
The excitement in the kids stunned me. They wanted to start writing what they were thankful for immediately. In half an hour, between all five kids they had already added 30 links. I didn't have to say another word of encouragement to follow through with this.... it had caught fire in their hearts and they were excited about it. We left the "Chains of Thanksgiving" up for 5 weeks and over that time 117 individual links were added. Though we had so very little compared to so many that year I felt that we were to be envied..... we had learned to have a thankful heart.