Thankfulness Trees are a great way to help your family celebrate the people and things you are grateful for during the month of Thanksgiving. Yes, you may get some “odd” thankful items from your children… last year, the boys listed items like their Halloween costumes and of course their bikes. But let them express themselves. Remember that even small or silly things may seem important to your children. And it may just help you see some of the things you take for granted. Be thankful for everything you have!
What you’ll need:
- Brown paper for the bare tree (or a paper bag or butcher paper)
- Different colors of paper for the leave (if you plan on putting your tree in the window, you may want to use scrapbook paper so it doesn’t fade like construction paper will in the sun) — we have a different color for each person in our family
- Thankfulness Tree (bare tree)
- Leaves — or if you have a Cricket scrapbooking machine and a cartridge that contains a leaf cutout… use it! It will be much quicker than cutting by hand!
What to do:
- Cut out the bare thankfulness tree and tape/hang it up.
- Cut out the leaves.
- Every day during the month of November, have each member of your family name something they are thankful for.
- Discuss what makes that person or item so special and the reasons for being grateful for said person/item.
- Write this item on thankfulness on a leaf.
- Tape leaf on the tree.
- By Thanksgiving, you’ll have a full tree showing the beauty of lives full of thankfulness!
- Review your tree on Thanksgiving and praise God for all the wonderful ways you have been blessed!
Praying your family finds blessing abounding all around and countless reasons to be thankful!