Thanksgiving Crafts and Gratitude

Thanksgiving “Eve” was a fun day of crafting for the boys and I. We celebrate Thanksgiving with a big dinner at my in-laws house. Because my husband has four sisters that are very handy in the kitchen, there isn’t much I have to do in the food department. So I decided that the boys and I would start a tradition of making place-cards for the dinner and also some type of gratitude activity for the family to take part in.

I saw some cute place-card crafts on The Crafty Crow blog and I borrowed ideas from a few of them to make ours. Buddy’s hand print made the perfect size turkey. I traced his hand onto light brown card stock. Then we glued wiggly eyes, a beak, a gobbler, and feathers to make the turkey. Buddy painted clothes pins to be used  as the turkey’s “legs” and to hold the turkey place-card up.

Little Man’s hand is still so small that I decided to make a hand-print turkey on the same card stock. When I was painting his hand, he was just giggling away at how the brush tickled. It was so cute! I glued some wiggly eyes on his hand-prints and added a beak and gobbler using a marker. These place-card holders will be held up by some pine cones that Buddy painted.

For our gratitude activity this year, I made a gratitude “tree”. I painted some fall watercolors on plain white paper and then cut out leaves using this template. I found a dead branch in the yard and put it in a vase. Each family member will get three leaves to write things that they are thankful for, and will then hang the leaves on the tree using fishing line. The tree will then serve as decoration in the room where we will have our dinner.

I am excited to start this tradition with the boys. It is so easy to get caught up in the “eating” part of Thanksgiving, that we forget to be thankful. I hope that by doing this each year, we will always remember to stop and show gratitude for the many blessings in our lives.

I have so many things to be thankful for. Here are just a few…

  1. I have a wonderful husband of 7 years who is truly my best friend and treats me better than I deserve.
  2. I have two handsome and healthy boys that are so full of joy that they bring smiles to everyone around them.
  3. I have an beautiful house that the Father blessed us with one year ago. It is my “dream house” and I occasionally have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not just dreaming that I live here.
  4. My husband and I are blessed to both work at an wonderful church under the leadership of a great Pastor that we love and respect. We are privileged to work with a awesome group of teenagers that are loads of fun to be with.
  5. Although I work for the church, I have a very flexible schedule and I am able to stay home with my boys for most of the week. I always wanted to be a “stay-at-home-mom”, and I am so thankful to be able to spend as much time with my boys as possible.
  6. I am thankful for the friends and relationships God has blessed me with. I am not alone and there are many that I can turn to in times of need.
  7. I am thankful for financial stability. We have struggled financially for most of our marriage. This year I feel like we have a little breathing room and that is nice.
  8. I am thankful for my freedom to worship. In many countries, Christians are not given this opportunity.
  9. I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is by His blood and grace that I have been redeemed!
  10. Although I lost my father earlier this year, I am so thankful that he was my dad and that I had him for almost 30 years of my life. He was a wonderful father and he had a great influence over my life. We had some really meaningful conversations just prior to his death, and I am so thankful for those memories to hold close to my heart.
Of course there are many, many more things that I am thankful for, but this is a blog post (not a book) so I will end there. 🙂
I hope that all of you have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



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  1. I made handprint turkeys with my kindergarten class this year…classic, and so sweet and comical! Have a wonderful weekend…sounds like you do have so much to be thankful for!

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