Thursday, November 7, 2013

Being Thankful

All of the stores may have their Christmas stuff out and be playing Christmas carols, but not in this house.  I want my kids to know what Thanksgiving is about.

So, we’ve started a Thankful Tree.

Thankful Tree

November 1st rolled around, and I was outside cutting branches off of a tree behind the house, pulling all of the leave and moss off, and spraying the branches down with bug spray.  I arranged all of our tree limbs, traced each of the kids hands to make leaves (Trenton gets orange and brown leaves and Charlotte gets red and yellow), and told the kids the plan.

Every night each of them put a leaf on the tree with what they are thankful for.

I love seeing what they come up with!

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I wouldn’t expect anything else for the day after Halloween!

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Living in Monterey has definitely made us all appreciate the sun more!

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Someone had been good in church!

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Thankful Tree
Trenton’s pre-k class planted seeds to bring home over a month ago.  I haven’t had the heart to tell him that if his seed hasn’t sprouted yet, that it probably won’t.

I can’t wait to see our tree full at Thanksgiving!  We’ll pull all of the leaves off on Thanksgiving Day, read through each of them, and talk more about what we are thankful for.  And you can bet that once Thanksgiving is over, I’ll be saving the leaves to look back on when the kids are older.

Thankful Tree

7 comments:

Charlotte said...

What a cute idea, I love it :D x

Traci@TheHallway said...

I absolutley LOVE this Jenny!!!!! Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays and I hate how it gets shoved to the side at 'stores' and such. I am totally going to do this when Charli gets older! Good job mama!! :)

Rachel Ross said...

Such a cute idea!

Hana R said...

I LOVE this idea!!! I'm totally stealing it!

Mrs.B said...

What an awesome idea!

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

Seen this idea floating around Pinterest last year (or something similar) and loved it! Might be a tradition we start next year when the LO is a little older:)

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

This is such a good idea and I love their ideas!!! Where do you come up with this stuff!?