“O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 118:1
As a parent, I look for ways to create an atmosphere of thankfulness in our home, especially around this time of year. About three years ago, I decided to do a Thanksgiving Tree.
I purchased a small tree on sale from a craft store. Leaves were created by using a die cut and punching a hole in each so that we could hang them on the tree using an ornament hook. Then for several evenings, each of us would write something we are thankful for. (Each night we would have a different category: friends, people who had made a difference, possessions, food, etc.) After writing on our leaf, we would share what we had written with our family, and then hang it on the tree.
This could be done the week before Thanksgiving, the month of November, or whatever works for your family. If you don’t have a tree, you could spread the leaves out across your table or place them in a bowl in the center of the table.
Another way to focus on the season of Thanksgiving is to take an evening to write a note as an individual or family to someone in your life that you are thankful for.