Seven Days of Thanksgiving – Day 2
Amazing things happen when families spend time talking about their blessings, any time of year. But focusing on our blessings just prior to Thanksgiving just makes Thanksgiving all the more special. My family participates in several traditions to help us remember our bounteous blessings during November. My favorite is putting felt leaves on our walls with blessings written on them. As we’ve focused on our blessings, we’ve begun to notice how many more blessings we have. As we head into the final week before Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating each day with a fun craft or activity that focuses on being grateful. Our second activity, A Thankful Tree, helps everyone focus on blessings from specific parts of their lives.
A Thankful Tree
For this activity, you will need:
Pencils for everyone in the family, and
A copy of Thankful Tree printable, available here
This activity is a thought-provoking look at several different areas in life, and the blessing we have in each of those areas.
To begin with, discuss what gratitude is and what blessings are. Then talk about each area listed on the tree.
Explain that under each category family members will need to write down a few things that they are thankful for in that category. What they write down doesn’t need to be in full sentences, but there needs to be enough there for people to understand the meaning.
Make sure you give everyone in the family enough time to complete the writing, and younger children will need help writing things down.
Finally, take a few minutes, and share what has been written by the family members. This can be done anonymously, by gathering all the papers and having only one reader. Or, each family member can read their responses by taking turns. We each read our own responses, which was a very sweet moment to share as a family. I enjoyed hearing what my children thought about each area of their lives. This activity allowed another peak into what my children think and feel.
This set a great tone in our family, and would be a great activity to do just before attending worship services. Sometimes taking a moment to be still and think about our blessings helps everyone enjoy the services more.
I hope your family enjoys this activity and that you continue with us on our 7 Days of Thanksgiving. How as focusing on your blessings affected your life? I’d love to know.