Thanksgiving should be about being thankful, right?
Well, last year we decided that we needed to add a little "oomph" to our Thanksgiving season, so we made ourselves a Thankful Tree.
I sawed off some branches from a tree in our yard, stuck them in a rustic-looking pot full of dried beans (so it wouldn't tip over) and then everyday we "decorated" the tree with thankful thoughts, shaped like leaves.
We usually did this around breakfast each morning. Each of us would take a leaf, and we'd think of something we were thankful for, write it down and place it on our tree.
Here are a few of my favorites:
From my 4-year-old:
"That we have a heater" (must have been a chilly morning!)
"Mommy takes me really fun places" (wonder what we did that day?)
From my 20-month-old:
"Hop Hop and Baa Baa" (her lovies--a frog and a sheep)
I think we'll do something similar this season--it truly did add some festivity and genuine gratitude into our holiday season.
What do you do to feel more thankful during the Thanksgiving holiday?