Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giving Thanks

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I'm all about making traditions and memories for my littles.  This year we've started a new one, inspired by my friend Linda, who's children are now grown but still love it.

We made ourselves a thanksgiving tree.

The boys and I shredded and crumpled brown paper bags and packaging paper and taped them to the wall to create a tree.  Then we cut leaves out of scrapbook paper, making sure they were big enough for people to write on.

I made a little pocket on the wall next to the tree and filled it with our leaves and a pen.  Anytime anyone thinks of something they are thankful for they can write it on a leaf and stick the leaf on the branch.  Our goal is to get so many leaves that we have to "rake" them up at the end of fall! 

Be warned!  Anyone who visits my house will be asked to fill out a leaf, even the Fed-Ex guy!

I also made some grass and a mushroom and few birds to embellish our tree, because that's just how I am. ;)

I finished another paper wreath with waxed fall leaves, this time for Rena.  I LOVE how it came out!  Makes me want to redo mine!

What traditions does your family have for Thanksgiving?


  1. Sweet ideas. (: BTW, I read your profile and have to tell you I feel the same about birds- We had a northern bobwhite right outside our window the other night. He was gorgeous against the fall leaves. Take a peek- kissestohershey.blogspot.com/2010/11/getting-spooked.html

  2. Darling idea. I'm already working on the Mary book, maybe the paper tree will be next...

  3. I love this idea-I've seen lots of take on this but I like yours the best! Next year we will for sure be adding this into our routine. We are always out of town Thanksgiving week so we don't have too many Thanksgiving traditions, I'm going to be changing that next year! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the tree. You should put a kit in your Etsy shop for those of us who need help with such things. We had a notebook that we listed all the things we were thankful for the first few years we were married. I think it's in a box somewhere from some previous move. I'd better root it out, I have several years to catch up!

  5. What a great tradition!! I miss doing things like that...my oldest will be 40 next month! Your wreath is so pretty and different than the others you see.

  6. this is pretty much fantastic...and I love the wreath!!!!

  7. I cant wait to see your gingerbread goodies!!! YES!!!! :)

  8. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!...