Creating New Thanksgiving Traditions with Our Thankful Tree!

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Thanksgiving is often relegated to being the ugly stepchild of the mainstream holiday trifecta. Everyone goes so nuts over Halloween and Christmas that they seem to forget about Thanksgiving until it’s time to show up to a family member’s house to munch down on an feast for the ages.

The holidays can also bring out the worst in people. They tend to snap more easily and only think about themselves. This is why my family decided to create our own Thankful Tree! While we certainly want to be thankful 365 days a year, we dedicate November as our month to truly reflect on what we are thankful for.



Each day, Bella and I sat down to discuss what we were thankful for on that particular day. We carefully traced our hands on colorful construction paper and cut them out. Afterwards, we wrote what we were thankful for on the hands! Most were family members or pets, but she also threw in her thankfulness for “duck baby“, which is her lovey that she’s had since her first Easter.



This is an easy Thanksgiving activity that you can do as a family, or even in a classroom setting where each student writes what they’re thankful for on their cut-out hand. 2016 was our first year doing this, but we plan on continuing this tradition every year! It’s incredibly important to instill gratitude in your kids, for there are many who are not as fortunate as they are.



What You’ll Need:

Construction paper
– Tape
– Scissors


1. Have your child place their hand onto a sheet of construction paper and trace it carefully.
2. Afterwards, your child can cut out their hand and write what they are thankful for. If your child cannot write or use scissors yet, you can do this step for them.
3. Tape it onto your Thankful Tree! Easy peasy!


What is your kid thankful for today? Leave a comment below if you’d like!



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