Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

We have a holiday in The United States this week. Thanksgiving.  The name pretty much says it all. It's a day for us to remember our blessings and give thanks for all we have. Each year, the week before Thanksgiving, the engineer and I like to make a Thanksgiving tree.






We put a paper tree up on the wall. It doesn't cost much, some years we've used those brown paper grocery bags. The structure doesn't matter too much because ideally by Thanksgiving it will be covered by leaves.  Each leaf has one thing that we are grateful for. As you can see we still have a little ways to go, but there's still three full days till thanksgiving. And we have a lot to be thankful for.


It's a great way for us to really remember and visualize all our blessings and it's a great way to help the kids learn about being grateful.  I love this tradition. It helps make our week more than just the stress and hustle of preparing a huge meal.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. Wherever you are, and whether or not you celebrate this holiday, I hope you can find something to be thankful for this week.  If you'd like, go ahead and share it in the comments. 

I'd like to say I'm thankful for all of you.  My friends, and somedays the only adult interaction I get.  Thanks for being here, for your inspiration, and for being you! 

33 comments:

  1. What a neat and creative idea...i just might steal it!

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    1. Feel free! I stole it from my sister-in-law.

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  2. I think this is such a great idea, especially for kids. Something I should do next year!

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    1. It's really been a great way to focus on our blessings, rather than get caught up in the crazy of the holiday season.

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  3. That's a great idea. .anytime of the year. Sometimes we just get so stressed out and anxious we forget how good we have it.

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    1. It is something that needs to be remembered year round.

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  4. What a thoughtful idea your paper tree is. Symbolic of all that you feel truly grateful for. Happy American Thanksgiving.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. Thanks Penny. Hope you had a great week.

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  5. What an awesome family tradition! I'm going to steal that idea for when I have kids of my own :)

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    1. Steal away. I think I do it for myself more than the kids.

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  6. As a former elememtary teacher, your tree would have been great in the classroom. I wish I had thought of it. Meanwhile, have a great Thanksgiving! I'm glad this holiday comes around each year and reminds us of our blessings. I am especially thankful this year for so much: my husband, my home, writing, my friends, extended family, art . . . everything.

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    1. Like you, there is so much to be thankful for. And I am grateful for a holiday that reminds us to treasure these things.

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  7. And a heartfelt thanksgiving to you and yours, S.P.! I'm very glad that you consider me as an adult. :)

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    1. Well, the term adult is used loosely. :) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  8. What a lovely visual, Sara! When you see your blessings before you, it really does fill your heart with gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. It is nice to visualize it. Makes it easier to remember.

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  9. I absolutely love, LOVE this idea, and will be stealing it to do with my kids. What a great way to celebrate this holiday. I hope you have a great one, Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks Elise, I had a great holiday. Do you get a chance to celebrate it at all in France?

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  10. I like the tradition. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. That is a really cool tradition! Dang, I should really try to remember to do that next year. Maybe I'll put an alarm reminder in my phone? ;)

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    1. Do you use some type of calendar on your phone? You could schedule it on Google calendar. And yes, they can send out a reminder. :)

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  12. What a lovely tradition, Sara! May Turkey Day be a blessed one for you and yours.

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    1. Thanks, Zan. I hope your day was lovely, too!

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  13. Oh! What a lovely idea! Maybe I can do something similar with my nieces and nephews.

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  14. I used to be better about creative holidays when my kids were little. I've gotten so mundane in the last several years! Hope you have a blessed day with your family.

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    1. We were pretty mundane before the kids came along. But I like this so much I think it will continue after they're gone.

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  15. I noticed a tree like this on Pinterest last year. We use a branch from the yard for our tree. It's become a tradition in our family now. We even saved the leaves from last year to read this year. It reminds us that there is always something to be thankful for!

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    1. I like the idea of keeping the leaves to read next year!

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  16. I love your tradition. I hope your thanksgiving was awesome.

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  17. I love the thanksgiving tree idea!

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  18. What a fun idea to put up the tree!

    I'm also thankful for my blogging buddies, like yourself!

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