Friday, November 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Advent {free printable for YOU!}

Thanksgiving is my absolutely favorite holiday.  

As the hectic busyness of summer fades, the weather cools and the leaves fall, I am drawn to reflect on my abundant blessings.  This holiday devoted to gratitude and time spent with family, crowded in between the two most commercialize holidays is a welcome change of pace.

In an effort to instill gratitude in my children, I love to make a big deal of this holiday.  We focus heavily on giving thanks throughout the whole month of November. One of our traditions is a daily gratitude list.  The way this looks changes from year to year.  This year, we are using a gratitude tree.

{our Gratitude Tree}

I painted a posterboard like a bare tree and then cut it out.  The leaves are cut from constuction paper. 
Every evening at dinner we write one thing each of us is thankful for on a leaf.  (So, we share a leaf each day, but each write our own things). Ater the leaf has our gratitude list on it, it is placed at the base of the tree.  By the end of the month our leaves are strewn on the "ground" and the tree is bare--just like in real life.

I try to savor the month of November each year.  In order to help you do the same, I am sharing our Thanksgiving Advent today.  We will do a gratitude project each day this month (I found this list helpful when I was putting together our advent), and would love for you to join us!

Print off the advent activites here. You can use this in any number of ways: one numbered envelope per day, a pocket calendar, clip the cards onto a garland, place them in a glass jar, etc.  I am planning to make a felt pocket calendar similar to this one, if I can find the time.

I'd love to hear from you if you use it!


  1. Great ideas! Can't wait to use them this month...thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Aubrey! I hope your family enjoys them!