We’ve been kind of inactive lately – and we apologize for it – but our kids are getting bigger and that seems to mean more time-intensive extra-curriculars!
This year, like previous years, we have a Thankful Tree on our table. We bring it out on November first and leave it up until the end of the month. I saw the idea a few years ago somewhere or other (oops! I’m sorry for stealing your idea if it was you!) and decided to adapt it. We picked up an after Halloween clearance wire spooky tree and I cut and sewed loops onto fabric leaves and then we pooled our ideas and wrote one on each leaf. Our leaves range from food on our table to the sun in the sky to the people in our home. We included imagination and money and clothing. We only have 25 leaves, but I’ve been tempted to add more. This year my nine year old told me he is thankful for bacon… not a bad idea if you ask me ;)
So while our year is winding down, we’re taking time to reflect on what we have instead of on what we don’t. I’m trying to impress on my kids – as always – that the upcoming holidays are not about stuff, and that we need to look at what we have and what others might not. So whether you are a have, or a have not, please try to remember those who have less and give what you can, whether it’s in the form of food, money or donating your time. We try to give year-round, but it really hits home this time of year, when we are gathering our family and friends up in our arms to celebrate the season, that not everyone has that ability.