Monday, November 15, 2010

Grateful Tree

It's a misty Monday morning and I'm enjoying looking at the grateful tree we made last week on family night.

It used to be a spooky tree. See?
And soon it will be adorned with sparkly, glittery ornaments and ribbon. But for now it's covered in "I am grateful for" leaves.

{Grown up version, 4 1/2 year old version, 2 1/2 year old version}

Last year it was a paper chain, and maybe next year it will be something different. I don't care what shape it takes; I just want to remember this tradition every year. It makes us stop and consider all we have to be exceedingly grateful for. And it is SO.MUCH.

What are you doing this year to celebrate gratitude?
--anne

10 comments:

Alissa said...

I'm doing a 30 Days of Thanks on my blog. Helps me recognize my blessings

jeanine said...

We made a banner of leaves and wrote something that we were grateful for on each one and hung it over our fireplace.

Abbie said...

high-five for turning spooky trees into gratitude trees!

http://forrestandabbie.blogspot.com/2010/11/gratitudinal-tree.html

Avalon said...

I really love this idea! i just might steal it!

The Parkers said...

So cute! What a great family tradition. I'm curious, did you cut out those leaf shapes yourself or did you buy them from somewhere? I think I may have to quickly whip up a grateful tree too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Melissa said...

We normally do a tree, but I've been off my game with the Thanksgiving decor. Tonight I started a jar so that we can add some comments about why we are thankful for the people in our family. We'll read those out loud on Thanksgiving day. Even though I feel like it was a 'last ditch' effort, I think it will be a good change for us. My kids get lots of thankful thoughts about things as we talk about them during prayers. We're not accustomed to talking about the members of our family, so I'm excited to see what we all come up with.

Melissa said...

By the way, it's not all about me. So sorry! That was a little self-centered. I really like the tree you did. It's different from others I've seen and really tree-like. I love that the leaves dangle from the branches. In front of the window it blends right in with the outdoors. Very creative!

Bloom said...

Darcy,

My husband went outside and found some maple leaves on the ground to trace. That's why his look so great. :)

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