Make a Thanksgiving Tree! It is the perfect way to focus on gratitude and recognize blessings. We really wanted a way to help our family to take the time to appreciate all of our blessings. It also makes the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Tree

RELATED: This holiday is all about showing gratitude. I love this thanksgiving coloring page because it encourages everyone to give thanks!

Thanksgiving Tree

This year has been a bit bumpy for us and when you are in the midst of a difficult period often it is hard to realize (and appreciate) the blessings you do have—-well it is for us. So while things aren’t always how we planned and turning out the way we wanted we still have been blessed and have much to be thankful for.

We took a huge branch from our yard and I die-cut tons of paper leaves in different colors on construction paper. Our original plan was every night at dinner for each of us to write something we are thankful for on our leaf and clip it (with those mini- clothespins I love) to a branch.

The thanksgiving decoration makes the perfect tree centerpiece on our Thanksgiving table.

I noticed Chocolate on my Cranium is doing a similar activity with her family, except she does one more thing that I think is fabulous. She also focuses on what we do for others.  She has made darling printable Thanks and Giving Trees if you want to forgo the tree branch.  On one tree you write what you are thankful for and on the other tree, you write something you have done for somebody.

So on one side of our leaf, we will write what we are thankful for, and on the other side something nice we have done for someone.

Oops, I notice the photo didn’t show that my son is thankful for his friends.

By the way–I am thankful for all of you that stop by here each day! You have brightened many days with your sweet comments and even if you don’t leave a comment my stat counter says you have been here and that also makes me happy!

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  1. Thank you so much for showing this great idea! I just had a scare & want to look at things each day to what I am thankful for. This will be a great thing for others to see when they come to my home! I can’t wait to get started on this tonight! Thank you again!

  2. We also have been doing the same sort of thing except we have a turkey that I drew but he is missing all of his feathers. So from the first of November till Thanksgiving we each add a feather every night. We put on the feather what we are thankful for. We keep the feathers from year to year just to see how the kids have grown. I think my all time favorite was my son when he was 10 wrote, “I am thankful for my little sister who is nice some of the time.”

  3. We’ve been doing thankful leaves for many years, but this year we added the “giving” side as well. I got interesting insights into my kids’ days this way – things that don’t come out in our standard dinner conversation. And tying them onto branches was a new twist that I liked. Thanks!

  4. found you through Simple Mom….love your natural tree….my last post had a bunch of takes on this same idea, but I love using the real branches.

  5. just found your blog through flipflops and applesauce. Love this idea…….linked you on my blog. Thanks for the great idea! I would like to try this with my family.

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