Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year, gatherings of family and friends. It’s also the perfect time for either carrying on your own family traditions, combining those of your integrated family, or starting up some of your own. Coming from a small family that relocated away from extended family, our Thanksgiving always involved a gathering of a mismatch of family friends that changed with each feast.
Now, with a family of my own and multi-generations together, it’s a new opportunity to begin new traditions of my own. Here are just a few ideas that either we use, or I’ve heard of.
Each year, the Thanksgiving book comes out. This little book is small enough to go with us wherever Thanksgiving may take us. Each year, everyone who is with us records what they are thankful for that year. It’s an emotional rollercoaster rereading this book. It has entries from thankful to have survived cancer, to not having gone into labor during the meal, to a favorite toy. We enhance our book with pictures from that year before it comes out the next year.
A “thankful tree” makes a great center piece. With branches downed by a recent wind, we bind them together at the base to make a stark tree. Then the notes are hung on the tree, placed either as a center piece or entryway greeting.
The hand wreath is a fun project for the kids. You can make these out of a large assorment of materials. Trace the child’s hand on a piece of paper. Then cut out. You can then trace the handprint to the medium of your choice such as construction paper, thin foam, or fabric.
If you have multiple children or want to include your own handprint as well, the varying sizes make for increased visual interest. After you, and/or your child, cut out the handprints, one option is to write on the hands what they are thankful for. Or you can just adhere the plain handprints to a wreath. The wreath itself can be made of cardboard, wire, or pre-bought twig variety. Hot glue works best if your are using the twig wreath.
For more ideas on Thanksgiving crafts check out. Family Circle, Kaboose, and Amazing Moms.