We started a new tradition this month, reflecting on what we’re grateful for and writing it down every day. Not a new concept of course, but since expressions of gratitude are the focus of the next holiday we’re about to celebrate here in the USA, we thought why not make our own thankful tree.
We all have things in our lives we wish were different. For me, the one thing I get sad about this time of year is the fact that (except for my little brother who lives in San Francisco with his lady and son) we no longer have extended family members that live close to us in the Bay Area.
Most have moved out of California given the opportunity for a new job and a reduced cost of living, to Austin, to Savannah, to Las Vegas, to Salt Lake City, to Boise, to Denver, to Phoenix, etc. Five years ago it was easy to get a big group of us together, now with the expense of travel, it’s nearly impossible. But instead of focusing on that hardship, we’re grateful for our many blessings. Now a daily sentiment keep us focused on all that we have instead of what we don’t.
I asked my children to write down on each day of November what they’re grateful for, in part because it’s amusing to get a glimpse into their young minds, but also because the act of writing it down has significance. They’ll make a great keepsake to look back on someday.
I rounded up a few more favorite thankful trees spied online, each with its own unique twist.
Insert a spray painted branch in a clear vase and weigh it down with river rocks.
Include family photos with thankful sentiments listed on gift tags.
Download these pretty printables and embellish branches with golden acorns.
Hang a branch from the ceiling and gratitude tags to the branch.
Tie leaves cut from scrapbook papers to branches in a vase or pot.