Last year for the first time we had a “thankful tree”. We made it at a November mops meeting and it was fun to use at home. There are a lot of options for how to use the tree. Here are some ideas:
- Use chalkboard signs as name cards for thanksgiving dinner, have everyone write something they are thankful for on the back, hang on the tree
- Throughout the month of November have family members write what they are thankful for
- Write family members and friends names on the chalkboards hang on tree, at every meal time have everyone pick one name off the tree to pray for (our rule is you have to pick someone new every time)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful season to build the skill of gratitude in your children and yourself. One tradition we have done for several years now is our Thankful Jar.
Around November 1st the Thankful jar sits out on our table or side table along with several slips of paper and a pen. At meal time (usually dinner so daddy can join us) we write something we are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Throughout the day on Thanksgiving we pull out and read what we were thankful for. Reading the thankful entries would also be a great car-ride trip.
In past years our children usually put daddy on every paper, every day, but as they get older and listen to what we write and what we are thankful for, they are starting to branch out and understand what it means to thank God for everything.
We love reading in our home, what better way to share time, learn and grow and pass on knowledge and traditions. Reading together means creating memories and growing in relationship. Today I want to share with you some of our Thanksgiving books we read.
One of our favorites that has a wonderful Christian message of hope and purpose is Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. This book is great for the younger audience, but can be a little long. Sometimes we read it in sections.
A book that we plan on reading 1 page from for 14 days of November is The Pilgrims at Plymouth (Landmark Books). This book goes into detail about the voyage on the mayflower and settling in the new land, with great pictures. Continue reading