We are so close to Thanksgiving day here in America and I am thrilled! I love the getting together of family, the yummy food, and really just taking it easy. To me there is beauty in being thankful that anyone, American or not can appreciate. Last year my family and I created our own rustic thankful tree. It was super quick, simple and really eye opening. I let my little ones dictate two things to me that they are thankful for. We got some surprising and funny results in their answers. We will be adding to this tree this year with a new thing we are thankful for.
Being thankful does not have to be a big deal, you do not need a Pinterest ready thankful tree to have this. Writing it down and sticking it to the refrigerator will do. That is the point of this and what I hope you all take away from it. I will share the easy tutorial to this because I do not know how to post something without a tutorial. It is ingrained in me.
I purchased these beautiful and already cut tree stumps. They are about the size of the bottom of a soda can. Just big enough to write down a special thankful word.
Using a drill, I drilled through the top of each stump.
I used a thin sharpie and had the kids dictate two things they were thankful for. Dale and I each got to say something we were thankful for as well. We then had a few that the family as a whole were thankful for. I will give you a hint, neither Dale or I was thankful for Trick-or-treating. That was one of the kids, I know… spoiler alert!
On the other side of the stump I wrote the initial of the person that said this particular thankful.
I also looped and tied a rope through the hole. It is a little rough looking, but really does feel rustic and I adore it!
I had this vase and these store bought sticks. Dale gave me a major side eye when I purchased sticks. They were nice and straight and I knew there was no bugs on them. He was NOT thankful for the store bought sticks. But does like our rustic Thankful tree.
Each year we are all going to add one thing we are thankful for to the mix. To quote the movie Jaws (as all home decor bloggers do) “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” or in this case tree. If we have so many things we are thankful for that we need another tree I would say we are one lucky crew.
It was nice to sit and hear what the kids are thankful for. We got a few silly ones initially like boogers but they did understand what we were doing. When I pulled these out this year the kids eagerly went to it to see what they said. It was a fun new discussion about all things thankful.
I warned you that this would be a simple and easy tutorial, some would argue that a tutorial was not even needed. Well, this someone likes her a tutorial and I made it work. It is OK though, I am the boss around here. What I say goes. Well really what you all like to see goes, I am just the long winded narrator around here.
My kids are now 7, 6, and 4. They are just getting to the phase where traditions are becoming understood and celebrated. In the past it felt like each year we were having to re-introduce all of them to the kids. They are remembering more and now helping us make new traditions. I want my kids to appreciate what they have, and to be thankful for that. Our life is full, our hearts are full and one day this tree will be full. That is plenty to be thankful about!
Have you made a thankful tree with your family?