I came across this idea in a book I was reading while preparing my wedding vows several years ago (!) I’m afraid I’ve forgotten the name of the book (something about making marriage work on a dime: the closest reference I’ve found is the Frugal Living for Dummies book) but I’ve never forgotten the idea. It makes for a fun, annual tradition and encourages a sense of gratitude for an entire month. Similar to waiting for Christmas cards, or counting down for Christmas Day, waiting for Thanksgiving leaves to come in helps children to build up a sense of anticipation for Thanksgiving that transcends Turkey and the trimmings! For specific instructions, see my pins below.
Helping of Hope. Right Choice: However you choose to do it, make sure to emphasize Thanksgiving well in advance of your family gathering. A Thanksgiving tree can help to increase your family’s anticipation and sense of gratitude. Bright future: encouraging thankfulness in your family before Christmas can help your family to put less stock in material gifts and take greater stock of what is already around them, paving the way for a more frugal Christmas by focusing less on presents and more on lasting memories. Thankful people live longer, are healthier, and live happier lives!