Developing thankful children that are full of gratitude is hard. All moms struggle with making sure their children truly appreciate all that they are given. In today’s world of excess, I struggle with making sure my children know how thankful they should be for all we have. We are given one month out of the year to concentrate on giving thanks. So, in my house, I declared November “Being Thankful Everyday Month”.
During the month of November I try to make a conscious effort to acknowledge our thanks everyday!
Thus, I began using The Thankful Tree as a way of expressing thanks everyday. Plus, I can create the tree from odds and ends around the house. Each day mom, dad, and the kids write one thing that they are thankful for on a tag or paper leaf and hang it on the tree. I ask them to write their name on the back of the tag/leaf. On Thanksgiving we read our own tags/leaves to one another. Then each year I keep the them as a reminder of how lucky we were that year. I place our tag/leaves in a plastic bag to preserve them and write the date on the bag.
- Leaves/Tags [Printable]
Download a printable pattern of leaves to use for cutouts here:
Then I either tie the tags on with string or punch a hole in the tag and hang it off a branch.