November is such a special time for many reasons: the holidays are wonderful to look forward to, the traditions with family that we teach our kids, the spirit of thankfulness and giving…the food.
As a mom, though, I’m not unaware of how commercialized this season of giving and thankfulness is. How can we all not be influenced by the commercials and the tantalizing messages at every turn?
My kids, God bless them, are becoming more and more influenced as they grow up and navigate this world. They see the commercials, their friends’ toys, the store displays and, like the kids they are, they are immediately consumed with wanting instead of giving.
Thanksgiving Thankful Tree
This year, now that they are getting older, I want to do more to explicitly teach thankfulness. I want to teach Jackson, James, and Isla (and Tom and me, too) how to be thankful in this world in which we live with such abundance.
I would like the month of November leading up to thanksgiving to be filled with wonderful anticipation of the holiday and what it means to share time and a meal with loved ones.
I created these cards to use to help us think about what we are thankful for.
These would be perfect on a “thankful” tree in the house or used as a dinner conversation starter. I think they would be a lovely way to decorate your thanksgiving table setting, too.
The boys and I tromped through the backyard looking for big, leafy branches to put in a heavy vase. We filled it with some rocks and stones to anchor the branches, and it turned out to be the perfect way to display our thankful thoughts.
James is thankful for “Sports with Grandpa.”
Jackson is thankful for “Mom and Dad.” You know that’s going in his baby book.
I found this paper at the Target dollar spot and simply cut each page into 2 x 3.5 rectangles. You can hole punch them just like that and add some decorative natural jute or pretty ribbon to hang them on the tree.
I had some free time while Isla was sleeping, so I cut little accent pieces of white paper and used double sided tape to stick on the tags, and then hole punched the tags to hang.
We have been taking a minute each day to write down one thing we are thankful for. It’s been pretty fun and easy so far, but I’m curious to see what they think about being thankful for once the easy ones like “Mom and Dad” are taken. I love any peek into their heads.
I keep the twine and cards right on the tray with the thankful tree, so the kids can do this independently whenever they want (independence – yay!). The little silver dish is a thrifted treasure I found while out and about.
Let me know if you decide to do a thankful tree, too. I’d love to hear how it went for you, or how you teach gratitude in your home.