For the past three years our family has done a thankful tree and it has become my kids’ favorite tradition for this time of year.
Our entry table was the spot for our tree last year, and this year it sits on the bar cart in our dining room (photos coming tomorrow!)
A full explanation is on this original thankful tree post, but the idea is simply to grab a few branches, pop them in a pretty urn and put out tags to write on and then hang from the tree. As the boys went out the door to school this morning, each stopped to think of something they are thankful for and put it on a tag. It was so sweet to watch them do it on their own and take a few seconds to reflect before they went on with their day. You can dedicate a time each day to do this as a family, or just let them go at it – which is probably our approach this year – every time they pass the tree, they are welcome to use another tag.
There are thankful tags from that first thankful tree post which you are welcome to use, or choose your favorite from these designs.
Just dowload the pdf, print on your favorite paper (see my favorite sources here) and cut around the edges. Punch a hole in the top if you’ll be hanging from branches, or just use as little cards to keep in a pretty bowl, or on your thanksgiving table or as lunchbox notes.
Each of these tags are found in The Archive along with a bunch of other favorite JDC freebies.
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It’s such a great tradition and a good reminder to be thankful.
Does your family do a thankful tree? Or do you have another tradition this time of year to practice gratitude? Please share!