Have you ever noticed that the preparation for a holiday often exceeds the holiday itself? The day is wonderful and great, but without the anticipation and build up to that day, it’s just another good day. Or is that just me?
Thanksgiving Day, for me, often gets lost in all the food preparations and chit chat with family. I need time to reflect for the day to really mean what it should for me. Otherwise, it ends up just being another family gathering. So, to help us really reflect on what we are thankful for, I made up a gratitude tree countdown calendar.
I cut the tags from thicker scrap booking paper. I wouldn’t quite call it card stock, but really any paper or card stock would do. Punch a hole in each piece and add some sisal twine to hang.
Every day I let Caitlin tell me something she is grateful for and I write it down on a tag. Then she gets to hang it on our tree. She’s only three, so I know she might get stumped for new ideas, so I also wrote down a cheat sheet. If she can’t think of something new, we’ll pick from that list and write it down, hang it, and think about it that day.
My goal is to throughout the day keep bringing our conversation back to that thing we are thankful for. And the next day, talk about the new tag and why we are thankful for that.
Not only does it count us down to Thanksgiving, but it opens up some great conversation about gratitude.
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