Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thanksgiving Tree

It's becoming a tradition for us to put up a "thanksgiving tree." It's basically a place for us to remember all the things we're thankful for throughout the month of November and leading up to Thanksgiving.

First I cut out a "tree" from brown wrapping paper and hung it on our wall. Then the kids and I went out and collected leaves, traced bunches of them onto construction paper, and Audrey & I cut them out. Then every night (or most nights) at dinner each of us writes down something on a "leaf" that we're thankful for. Next we hang them up! By the end of November the tree is all full of the many blessings God has given us.

I guess Audrey has good self-esteem, haha ... (hers is the purple leaf) :)

I don't know that Carter totally comprehends what "thankful" means, but it is cute that he is thankful for ice cream, toys, and choo choo trains. (It's not in these pictures, but both kids have said they are thankful for "candy" ... hmm, was it perhaps just Halloween??)

I also must point out my own purple leaf above. Can you tell I have a teething infant??? Oh what I wouldn't give to sleep through just one night. :)

Keep being thankful! God has blessed us all with so much.


The Raudenbush Family said...

I remember you doing this last year--keep posting pictures of it as you get closer to Thanksgiving. I love seeing what everyone wrote. :) Such a nice idea.

nateandkatesmom said...

Last year we made a "Thankful Turkey" with feathers that everyone wrote things we were thankful for. We are a bit behind this year and I was just saying to the kids we need to make our Thankful Turkey this afternoon....since it will be raining.

Kaylee said...

Someone just told me today, that when we stop demanding that life go our way, we can more easily be thankful when God gives us those little glimpses of heaven (she called them Golden Moments).
I love your thanksgiving tree. I might just have to copy you!

Karen said...

We stole your idea last year and have again done it this year. I didn't realize that we actually had to cut out 100 leaves for each of us to write one for 25 days. It was a fun afternoon activity and the kids are really enjoying watching it fill up. We are thankful for you and your family;)

Nichole said...

This is most excellent Amy!
Building habits is key and this example works well... what a great visual to use with the kids and for you and your husband too!

SO Love this, thanks for sharing!