The kids and I bopped over to Beatrice on Saturday. We didn’t really have a plan for once and took our time going from place to place, enjoying the fall weather between stops. In the Hallmark store (one of my favorite places to go this time of year), I noticed something.
There is rack after rack of Christmas items, and just one small stand for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving just doesn’t get the hype. It’s not easy to commercialize a holiday that encourages us to look around and be thankful for what we’ve already got. And I get it–Christmas is exciting. But here’s one simple idea to decorate for Thanksgiving. It’s a craft that not only leaves you with a Thanksgiving-specific decoration but also encourages gratitude practice along the way.
Step 1: Print off leaf cut-outs. This works best on cardstock, but regular printer paper is fine.
Step 2: Grab some watercolor paints. Mix colors together and decorate your leaves in a variety of hues.
Step 3: Cut out leaves and write down the names of special people to remember this Thanksgiving season and things for which you are especially thankful.
Step 4: Either string the leaves together to hang like a garland, or “rake” them together in a pile.
Step 5: Enjoy the colors that are made on purpose and by accident, and notice how having a gratitude item in your home or workspace shifts the focus to thanks.
Day 6 Thanks
- Beautiful fall weather
- A McDonalds cheeseburger with the kids
- Reading cards at Hallmark
Day 7 Thanks
- Making a Craft
- Time at the park
- Family meal at the farm