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Creating a Thankfulness Tree

Last year, I started the tradition of creating a Thankfulness Tree. I love this craft because it makes the home look more “Thanksgiving-ish” and creates a huge visual reminder to be thankful. Plus, this project is quite easy even for the non-crafter to do! 

One brisk October morning, I headed out my front door on the lookout for sticks. I wanted a bundle of several sticks with tiny, leaf-free branches on them. After a ten minute hunt, I headed back indoors and arranged my sticks in a cute, fall-colored vase. When the boys saw the sticks poking out from the vase, they were delighted that I found a stash of swords for them to fight with. Dashing their swashbuckling dreams, I told them we were going to make a thankfulness tree. With only slightly disappointed looks on their faces, they listened as I explained what we planned to do.

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I searched Pinterest for a set of leaf outlines. I printed them off, cut them out, and traced them on fall-colored construction paper. Looking back, I should have just bought a pack of pre-cut and colorful paper leaves from Hobby Lobby. Next year. Then, I punched a hole in each leaf, and tied a string around it. I told my kids that each day they would pick one leaf and tell me what they were thankful for that day. 

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As Thanksgiving approached, what started out as an ugly, naked tree became a tree full of beautifully colored thankfulness leaves. About once a week, we checked out the leaves and read them aloud. It was a good reminder of what we were grateful for.

Once the holiday was over, I put up the thankfulness tree to make room for Christmas decorations. I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the leaves that contained our grateful thoughts. So I tucked them neatly into a baggie to review this year when we make our thankfulness tree again.

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