One tradition that our family included in our homeschool was making a Family Thanksgiving Tree in time for Thanksgiving. This was a time we took before Advent started to reflect on what we were thankful for and to thank God for the many blessings we had, no matter how simple.
I am including a free download of leaf templates for you to use in making your own Thanksgiving Tree.
You’ll want to first print the download of two pages of leaf templates. Each leaf has a Bible verse reflecting on thanking God for our many blessings. You need to then cut out each leaf.
You can print the templats onto colored or regular paper, your option. I printed ours on white paper and we would color them in a fall color. We usually printed out enough leaves for about 3 or 4 leaves per person in our family.
Then, using any string, twine, or yarn, cut the required numbers of strands, one per leaf, about 6 inches or so. You will be making a loop and taping the ends to the back of each leaf. These will be used to hang the leaf onto your “tree”.
Now, to find your tree. We would go into the backyard and find a small branch that had little branches coming off it, on which we would hang our leaves. You can see a picture of our branch for this year up above this post to get an idea.
I usually have empty vases or mason jars around the house, so we usually pick something from our collection. I also usually have raffia or ribbon lying around the house as well. The vase and the raffia or ribbon can usually be found in dollar stores. I always go inexpensive as a crafter. Why pay more when you don’t have to?
I tie the raffia or ribbon at the top of the vase or jar and place our “tree” into it, and we are ready to go.
I usually place this on a table or counter space where we frequently pass by and place the leaves with their hanging loops next to it with a pen or pencil (you can even use colored pencil to make it more colorful).
Now your tree is ready to go so that it will be full by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. At our Thanksgiving dinner after we say a blessing, we each take turns describing what we are thankful for (either from the past year or at the present). (Some years are more difficult than others, but there is always something for which we can give thanks – and counting these blessings make the more difficult times a little less difficult.)
I hope you enjoy this activity as much as we have in our family and that your family has many blessings for which to be thankful!
If you know of fellow homeschool or non-homeschool families that would be blessed by this activity, please be sure to share this post so they can receive their own templates for a Family Thanksgiving Tree.