Celebrate What Really Matters This Thanksgiving with a Gratitude Tree

It’s really important to us that Lucas and now Amelia too understand that the holidays are about more than gifts and material things. That’s why last year, we put together a Gratitude Tree to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the beginning of November, we set out our tree and every day we each take turns writing what we’re thankful for on a paper leaf. We hang the leaf on the tree so that we can all see how blessed we are. It’s also a fun way to count down the days until Thanksgiving!


Here are

some of our leaves from last year…







Making a Gratitude Tree is super simple!

What You’ll Need

  • Branches
  • Floral styrofoam
  • Large container (we use an old coffee can)
  • Construction paper in autumn colors
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors


Place styrofoam in container. This will hold the branches in place. Stick the branches into the styrofoam. Cut out leaves (about 2-3 inches in length so there’s enough room to write). Punch a hole through each leaf and thread a piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie a knot.