When I created our tree in 2013, my plan was to bring it out each year. I wanted to spend time reviewing our blessings, and creating new hand print leaves for the tree.
Last year we didn’t really decorate for fall, so our tree sat in a box in the basement, forgotten.
Today, we pulled out the box. We hung up Thanksgiving banners, fall pictures, and set out scarecrow. At the bottom of the box, was our tree.
We pulled it out, and eagerly read each hand print. Sydney couldn’t believe that her hand was really that small back when she was 1.
Working together, we hung up the tree again and carefully stapled the leaves to it. Then came the fun part.
Everyone carefully traced a hand on fall paper. The children and I cut them out. (So thankful for improved scissor skills!)
Then, we each wrote a blessing on each finger of our hand print leaf. The blessings ranged from food, to the Wii, to family and friends. We have so many blessings, and I’m thankful for that!
We even got Grandpa to do a hand print! The kids enjoyed hearing his blessings.
Once our prints were completed, we added them to the tree. All the new leaves overlapped the old ones. Our tree is fuller.
I love finding easy ways to decorate for holidays that remind us of what’s important.
I don’t think the kids will let me forget this in the basement again! At least I hope they don’t. Doing this every year (instead of skipping a year) would be a fun Thanksgiving decorating tradition.
Do you have any Thanksgiving decorating traditions? I’d love to hear what you do!