It’s early November and already social media is filled with brag shots of Christmas trees decorated to the hilt.
But what about Thanksgiving?
Have we forgotten the season of gratitude?
Have we forgotten to be thankful for the blessings that we have received throughout the previous year?
One Thanksgiving Activity I’m Sure Your Family Will Enjoy
Here’s one idea for ‘putting up the tree’ that keeps the Gratitude Attitude going for just a wee bit longer especially before the Christmas season hustle and bustle arrives.
Why not have a Thanks Giving Tree?
Yes, if you’re all set to put up the tree in November, then feel free to do so. But instead of all the Christmas trimmings, decorate your tree with all the items found in the horn of plenty or cornucopia.
Activity for the Whole Family
Have the children get involved by cutting out shapes of pumpkins, grapes, acorns, or other fall harvest fruitage. Use a hole punch to cut a hole in the top of the shapes through which to attach a string or ribbon for hanging.
Allow every family member to write something for which they are thankful on the shapes. Place the extra shapes in a basket near the tree and invite visitors to participate.
Hang the gratitude shapes on the tree along with strands of popcorn, orange ribbons, appropriately colored bobbles, etc.
Children will also enjoy making small cornhusk dolls to place on the tree. These can later be used for Christmas. Just change the ribbon or raffia colors.
Use your creativity to think of other items you might use. The main idea is to get our hearts in a thankful mood before Christmas so that we can truly be thankful for the greatest blessing of all, Jesus Christ.
After the Thanksgiving Holiday
After the Thanksgiving holiday, just replace the Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas ones. The tree will already be up, and the children will love getting to decorate the tree twice.
And maybe, just maybe, everyone will remember what Thanksgiving is truly about and will have a thankful heart for the future bounty they will soon receive.
Enjoy your Thanks Giving Tree!
And have a blessed Thanks Giving season.
©2020 by Peggy Clark
Do your family have a Thanksgiving tradition that you enjoy?
If so, please comment and share so others can enjoy.
And, please, share photos of your Thanksgiving tree!