I was trying to figure out some ideas for new decorations for Thanksgiving because I really don’t have many. I have a ton of Halloween and a ton of Christmas but really nothing to decorate with in between the two holidays. I started thinking and decided that I would make a “Thankful Tree” that would both be a good decoration and I could use it to help teach my children. What I plan to do with this tree is starting on November 1st each person in my family will take one of the leaves and write something that they are thankful to God for that day and then hang it on the tree. I then plan to have my family pray each day for the things that we are thankful for. I think most people (myself included) have a tendency to remember to pray more for the things that we need or want and we don’t take nearly enough time to stop and be thankful for the blessings that we do have in our life. This tree is just a way for my family to stop and think about what we have. I think it will be really neat at the end of the month to go back and read all the different things that we have to be thankful for this past month!
To make the tree is simple:
1. Gather some sticks and branches from your yard. I had a bunch in my yard from a storm last week so I just picked them up!
2. Find a vase or planter that you can place the branches in. I had this old vase laying in my house and the colored things are some rainbow colored water balls that I had bought at a Craft Show awhile ago. I thought it would be neat to add the branches in to it for decoration. You may decorate your tree however you want.
3. Make “leaves” for your tree. To make these I just googled for a leaf pattern I liked and then cut the leaves out of different color brown construction paper. I punched holes in the end of the leaves and tied a string around it.
4. Each day just write what you are thankful for on the leaves and hang it on the tree branches!