I’m thankful… (the Thankful Tree)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

For a few years now we have had a “Thankful Tree” to decorate our table on Thanksgiving Day.  It reminds us of all the things we are grateful for.

Our Thankful Tree

Here’s how it’s done:

1.   On the first day, about a week before Thanksgiving, create a simple tree from thin cardboard (like a cereal box).  Make a base so it can stand properly.  It is better to keep your tree short so it doesn’t lean over too much.

2. Cut simple leaf shapes from thin fall-colored cardstock.

3. Everyone thinks of things they are grateful for and writes it on each side of their leaves.

Then attach them to the tree branches with staples, glue or tape. A scattering of foliage remains underneath for the remaining days before Thanksgiving for family members to continue to jot down what they are grateful for.

3.  On the big day, look through all the leaves to reflect on all the blessings we have been given.  You may be surprised, and humbled, when you find all the wonderful things you have been given.

Of course, if you are reading this post on Thanksgiving Day, it can always be created the day of, and will be a great conversational piece while enjoying your turkey and potatoes!

We all contributed to the tree, and here are some the girls included:

  • rainbows
  • mommy
  • unicorns
  • church
  • nature
  • turkey
  • summer
  • Bible
  • the Gospel
  • friends

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About Heidi

My name is Heidi and I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have three young girls and a baby son, and a husband who makes me laugh. We love to turn up the music and dance in the livingroom, bend down and smell fresh grass, and play at the beach in the sunshine. I run a stand up paddle school, sharing good times with tourists on the island. I love teaching stand up paddling, and it proves a challenge to do a good job raising a family while running a business. Like my post? Please leave a comment.
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