I’m always annoyed when the stores skip Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas. Truth is, though, that I’m guilty of the same thing. Once Halloween is over, I start to feel the pressure to get things done. I start planning for Christmas and working on Christmas projects. I skip Thanksgiving.
I do not have any Thanksgiving decorations. I plan a menu and forget about the holiday until I need to grocery shop and start prepping.
Needless to say, I’m annoyed with myself. I decided I needed to slow down and really appreciate Thanksgiving. The holiday has an amazing message, and I wanted to teach Trinity how to be grateful for everything she has.
Trinity and I spent the other evening watching movies and making a Thanksgiving Tree. It’s nothing too fancy, but I’m pretty excited about it. I totally stole the idea from Juliet. She’s pretty awesome; go check out her blog.
We just made a bare tree out of construction paper, taped it to a poster board, and decorated it. I spent a half hour cutting out leaves while Trinity spent the same half hour coloring that sun. She’s not the best at time management.
Every day leading up until Thanksgiving we’re going to write something we are thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the tree. Hopefully this will show her that we do have a lot to be thankful for. It’s also going to be good to take a moment everyday to reflect on what we have. I’m pretty excited, and she seems to be too! Daniel’s being a buzzkill, but he usually is.
I should have thought this out better, though. Between the three of us, we’re going to have 66 leaves to put on this tree. I don’t know if there will be room. I guess it’s a learning experience. I can improve on it next year!
I thought I would share a few of our leaves with you lovely people.
- I’m thankful to have electricity after the hurricane.
- I’m thankful for medicine, even if it tastes horrible.
- I’m thankful to have such funny pets.
- I’m thankful we have food when so many people don’t.
- I’m thankful for our Hoome (What we call our house).
- I’m thankful for my wife’s cooking.
- I’m thankful for the right to vote.
- I’m thankful for beer.
- I’m thankful for Daniel. He works hard so we can live comfortably.
- I’m thankful I found a doctor who is willing to figure out what is wrong with me.
- I’m thankful for my awesome friends. Without them, I’d be lost.
- I’m thankful we did not get a bunch of snow like they did in North Jersey.
Trinity also stated that she wanted friends and family to send us leaves. If you would like to participate in our project, drop me a line so I can let you know where to send leaves. You could also just tell me what you would write on a leaf, and I’ll make one for you. We just REALLY like getting mail.
I have a few other projects in the works for Thanksgiving. I’ll make sure I post about them as I finish them.