Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

Hey guys! Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I feel like fall is flying by way too fast. We just celebrated my son's 5th birthday over the weekend.  Most years I'm ready to break out the Christmas decor as soon as birthday decor is put away, but not this year.  One of my goals is to create more family traditions in our home.  My grandmother never ever decorates for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and I want to do the same around here.


I thought it would be fun and meaningful to begin a new tradition, our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree.  I set up a pencil Christmas tree in our living room and decorated it with all things fall. Burlap ribbon, leaves, pumpkins, and sweet ornaments that read grateful.  In addition to the store bought decor, we decided to make ornaments that we could write on each day explaining one thing we are each thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving day.


I found this free printable to use for our template from the blog, Making The World Cuter.  I also gathered some glue, craft paper (I actually used brown paper bags because I already had them) and jute twine.

The craft paper border adds a little depth to each ornament and ties them in with the rest of the tree decor.

Audrey and I went ahead and made several of these so each day we can add more ornaments to the tree expressing what we are thankful for.

This has been such a fun way to encourage our kids and my husband and me to really reflect on how much we have to be grateful for.  We are able to slow down and focus on being content with where we are right this moment, and it's beautiful! 

Thanksgiving has always been sort of skimmed over around here in the past, so I'm excited to begin this new family tradition.

What kind of Thanksgiving traditions do you enjoy with your family?  Do you decorate for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving? I'd love to hear about it!


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