Our Thankful Leaves
I love Thanksgiving. This might seem strange coming from an import to the United States, we certainly don't have Thanksgiving in the UK. However it really is what every holiday should be, a time to be thankful for all we have, a time to help those that are not so lucky and of coarse a time to come together as family and eat too much! No presents or other hallmark gimmicks, just good times.
As such I have willingly adopted this holiday as one of my favorites. And as I enforce my love of holiday celebrating on my nearest and dearest a few years back I created our thankful wreath. It is now a family tradition and one my kids look forward to as they count out candy from Halloween.
Our wreath is built up in the count down to thanksgiving. On November 1st I have the kids come up with the things they are most thankful for. This year these range from family to favorite blankets, from trucks to trees and my favorite weekends.
I write each persons contributions on separate leaves cut from construction paper (this year I cheated because Target had a pack of 30 leaves on sale so I bought them).
Everyday one child gets to pick a leaf from our thankful pile and peg it to a long ribbon. By Thanksgiving this year we will have 28 things pegged up to be thankful for:)