“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
November brings a month of Thanksgiving. A time to truly give thanks to for the multiple blessings that surround us. We see words like “thankful”, “blessed”, “grateful”, “gratitude”, displayed on wooden signs, etched on pumpkins & turkeys, and Facebook statuses. It is that one time a year that we all pause and give thanks.
Each November, I pull out my roll of brown craft paper and we create our Thankful Tree. It is fun to crinkle up the paper and turn it into branches and limbs. Then we create leaves from a variety of colors.
Throughout the month we all take time to add to our tree. At first the list is easy: God, Daddy, Mommy, brother, my church, food, my house. But then you start digging a little deeper. And there is big difference when asking a three year old what they are thankful for and then asking a twelve year old.
My boys love to look at the leaves as they are added. They notice pretty quick when a leaf has been added. It is a wonderful way for your child to see you showing thanks for your spouse and others.
There are lots of ways to make a tree. This is my elementary teacher brain way of displaying our tree. I know some families that create a tree the day of Thanksgiving and all the guest add leaves to the tree. One momma told me that they gather limbs from the yard to create their tree.
It’s all about giving thanks and showing your children how to acknowledge thankfulness.