Happy Thoughts: Thanking the Garbage Man

Thanking the Garbage Man at Christmas time!!!


I love this time of year. It’s a time that I can reflect on all the blessing that I have in my life and also a time to serve and do kind things for others. Last week when our Garbage man came by it dawned on me, how great he is. During the summer ( when I could actually be seen outdoors), he would always wave to the kids and I, and always appeared to be happy. I think doing a job like that could be hard and maybe some days it would be hard to put on a happy face. Not my garbage man!  So this week, the kids and I decided to show him our appreciation. The kids drew him Christmas pictures, and I made a sign on the computer because I dislike my own handwriting. 🙂

We also gave him a box of yummy treats.

Then we came inside and waited for the walls to rumble and the ground to shake. This is a sure sign the garbage man is near. I took out my camera and snapped a few pictures. He he, I’m so sneaky!

After grabbing the priceless artwork and goodies, he came up to my front door  to personally thank me. I was a little embarrassed because I’m pretty sure he saw me through the window snapping pictures. But regardless, he seemed very touched to have been thought of.

I hope we can all take time to appreciate the small things this month. Maybe someone who doesn’t hear “thank you”, very often or maybe just being grateful to have your loved ones near. Tell them or show them. Lets spread a little holiday cheer, shall we?I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

If you are interested in having a copy of this printable please leave a comment and let me know. If I receive enough interest I will create a free printable for you guys! And for yours… I might even spell the word appreciate right. 🙂

See more Happy Thoughts giving ideas here.


Update: here is the FREE printable PDF – enjoy! (Just click on the image below or this link and right click, then download to your computer.)



Happy Thoughts: Thanking the Garbage Man was last modified: July 12th, 2014 by Ashleigh

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  1. So Lovely! What a nice family you have!

  2. I love this idea!

  3. I would LOVE a copy of this printable! We love our garbage man too! He always waves to our son. I must say that I think I’m weird, but I love garbage day. I feel such a sense of relief as all the garbage is taken away! 🙂

  4. I would really like to do this- it’s so sweet! I love thanking people who don’t normally get thanked. =)

  5. This is SO adorable! My kids LOVE watching the garbage man!

  6. I love this idea. I know my kiddos will too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kerrie I was going to do this last week but was overwhelmed with Hales. But I want to do this for Friday can you send me the printable?! Love it

  8. That was so very thoughtful, what a great idea! I

  9. THANK YOU, for the printable ! we just had a pick up today and I was baking the cookies, so I could not run any out to him. I will include this cute print out PLUS my kids will be here next week 🙂 We have to get our mailman and UPS guy too!!

  10. I think its a graet idea. In the summer my neighbors leave the garbage men cold bottles of water on their garbage cans…So why not leave them christmas goodies to 🙂

  11. Yes…may I please have a copy too! What a thoughtful idea…just love it. Especially the sneaky photos!!

  12. What a wonderful and thoughtful idea! If you are willing to share, I would love to have a copy of your printable! Thank you so much for sharing all of your neat ideas and money saving deals!

  13. What a great idea. I would love a printable. Thanks for all you do. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  14. I would love a copy too.

  15. Great idea. I would love a printable for mine. Thanks a lot.

  16. I love this idea. So thoughtful and the hardworking garbage men are so often overlooked at the holidays. I would love a printable of this please! Thank you.
    Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  17. Gretchen Child says:

    Great idea. I would love a printable!!

  18. Printable is now available to download. Thank you all for your sweet comments.

  19. I hate to be a pain, but I would love to do one up for our recycling guys as well.
    Is there anyway to get it in a format that we can customize? Thanks!

  20. I’ve been trying to think of a clever way to leave my garbage man treats…this is such a cute idea! Thank you! 🙂

  21. We do stuff throughout the year for the folks that help us out. My favorite for winter is an inexpensive carafe filled with hot cocoa. Seems everyone loves hot cocoa. And I can usually get the carafes at thrift stores or Big Lots pretty cheap. Since our guys are on a pretty regular schedule, I just put the carafe and a couple of styrofoam cups a few minutes before they are due to arrive. Summer time is cold soda. I love your little sign and may steal it for this year. I will probably turn it into a card for their holiday tip.

  22. Katie Lambson says:

    I am always looking for ideas at Christmas time to help my 4 year olds build up a giving nature & this fits the bill! Thanks for all you do; I really enjoy your blog & seeing all the clever ideas that you come up with.

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