One of our favorite traditions is a Thanksgiving Tree. At the beginning of November, we gather some branches and place them in a vase or pitcher.
This year’s branches were particularly meaningful because they fell during Hurricane Sandy, which devastated so many homes. We will decorate these branches with deeper gratitude this year, realizing that neither things nor circumstances change our ability to give thanks.
We make a pile of paper leaves and hole-punch ’em. Then each night throughout November, each person in our family shares something that fills their heart with gratitude. We jot each thing on a leaf, and hang it on our tree.
On Thanksgiving, we add our final leaves and read through the many, many leaves that have filled the bare branches. I put the leaves in an envelope and save them in our family’s yearbook. This has become such a meaningful way to express our gratitude to God and deepen our relationships with one another.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
Enjoy your home,