Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Tree

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week. I have seen all of your lovely autumn decor and have been so impressed. I've never done much in the way of decorating for fall - other than the jack o'lantern on the porch or a few mini gourds, pumpkins, and witches around. And we've never held Thanksgiving at our house. Until NOW.

This year we will have Mike's family (totaling 18) over for Thanksgiving dinner. The venue was changed to our house as it has the best flow for that many people. Thank goodness that I am only responsible for yeast rolls and dessert. However, I want to have something festive on the table. And with Christmas coming earlier and earlier every year, tasteful Thanksgiving decor is all but gone. What to do? I want a pretty table. I need a pretty table. Isn't Thanksgiving all about the table?

Yes... But especially when the centerpiece is one that is all about Thanksgiving - the real meaning: gratitude. I found an idea online that combined the two perfectly. I'm sure you've either seen or made one yourself.

Here is what our "Gratitude Tree" looked like last week.

It is getting more and more leaves every few days as we write those things were are thankful for on them. Beside the tree, I have a basket with cut out leaves, black pens, and raffia. We have been doing this during our family dinner time devotion. A few things listed were our family, God, encouragement, great haircuts and color, my friends, a husband who texts me just to tell me I'm pretty and that he loves me, my wife, a son who helps clean the kitchen, and making each other laugh.

I can't wait to see it in all it's glory...


  1. I love the Gratitude Tree idea!!! I think I might have to copy it!!! I will help all of us remember and apreciate what we are thankful for!!!

  2. I love your gratitude tree. I just might borrow the notion. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

  3. I love this idea! I am going to borrow (steal) this for home and for my classroom. I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving! ...and I hope to post on my favorite authors sometime this year!

  4. Love the idea of doing this around the table--we did it one year on the back door, but I like the table much better. Be sure to date the leaves and save them--they will be treasures in years to come!

  5. Great idea!

    Wishing you a bountiful tree of graditude. Can't wait to hear of your Thanksgiving feast with your family.


  6. That is so special! What a great centerpiece! Good luck having a major Turkey Day at your home :)

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! What a great way to remind us about Thanksgivings true meaning!

  8. Love the gratitude tree! It will be a beautiful centerpiece for the table! I cope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. The gratitude tree is our favorite thanksgiving tradition.
    Happy Thanksgiving from Hong Kong!

  10. Love the idea! And how did you get those leaves so cute? I want cute leaves!

  11. Love this ideas- might steal it for next year. Thanks for sharing and hope ya'll have a great Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to a very relaxed few days off. We are having a very casual lunch at the Pond and then off to my parents for a couple of days for the after Thanksgiving shopping.

  12. I love this idea. I try to get my children to say what they are thankful but it usually revolves around what we are eating


Thanks for your sweet comments... They make my day just that more Golden!