For several years now, our family has “grown” a Thanksgiving Tree. I think it was our oldest daughter who first came to me with the idea. We created a large tree trunk from
brown kraft paper, taped it to the wall and then she traced the hands of everyone in the family onto various colors of construction paper. We helped the children cut out their handprints. Soon they each had a stack of handprints ready and waiting.
Each day during the month of November we take a moment at mealtime or bedtime to jot down things for which are are thankful onto everyone’s handprint-leaves. By the time Thanksgiving Day arrives we have a beautiful tree for everyone to see, reminding us of our abundant blessings. One thought per leaf. One leaf per person. 10 leaves per day for 25 days equals 250 leaves. That makes for quite a tree!
Do you have special ways to teach your children how to have a thankful heart? What traditions does your family enjoy during this time of Thanksgiving?
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