Fall has arrived, bringing smells of pies in the oven and the anticipation of hot chocolates for cold days ahead. There’s just something about that crisp autumn air that brings family and friends closer together. So whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, this time of year is perfect for showing gratitude and counting your blessings.
Talking about gratitude with my children has always been an important family tradition to help countdown the days to Thanksgiving. We all sit around the table and talk about why we’re thankful for the year to date; accomplishments, new friends, old friends, family, fun times we’ve had, favorite memories…really anything goes! Each year I try to get creative and come up with a new way to document our thankfulness. I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas for you to try with your family.
Get your custom framer to cut a slit on top of a shadow box to create a gratitude frame. Have paper and pencils handy and encourage your family to write down why they’re thankful. On Thanksgiving read everyone’s notes.
Create a display frame and have every member of your family write down why they’re thankful on colorful leaf cutouts. The kids will love helping cut out the leaves!
Get crafty with a thankful tree. Gather some twigs from the backyard and glue them to a frame to create the shape of a tree. Each day hang a leaf with why you’re thankful. By the time Thanksgiving comes you’ll have a tree filled with blessings!
Dry erase boards are a quick and easy way to write down why you’re thankful and can be wiped off at the end of the season and ready to start over again next year. If you’re feeling creative decorate the frame with Fall inspired items.
Get the kids involved with this fun handprint tree. Trace your hand, which will become the leaves of your tree. On each “leaf” write a reason why you’re thankful. I like the idea of having everyone make their own tree and then create a small gallery wall of thankfulness. This makes such a wonderful Fall display.
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Be thankful. Be happy. Wishing you the best season ever.