Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I asked all of my students to look around the room and write something nice about everyone they liked in the room. I gave them the sentence stems "I like you because ..." and "I'm grateful for you because..."
I put the names of students in my other classes up on the projector screen, so that every student I have could say something nice about every other student I have.
I compiled a personal list for each of my 65 students, with everything everyone said about them. It took a long time ... thank goodness 65 kids didn't say something about each and every kid in the room/on the list. But every kid had at least two kids who said something nice about them.
This is Zaire. He got the most comments. Everyone loves him.
Today was the last day before winter break. I handed an envelope to every student, warning them that this was not scientific, and people they expressed gratitude for might not have reciprocated -- but to dwell not upon "who said it to whom" but rather "what was said."
They loved it. It was worth the time and effort.
Blessed Solstice to you and yours ... out of the darkness we come!