Saturday, November 27, 2010

We are thankful for ...

A few years ago, I started a Thanksgiving tradition. Every year around November 1, I draw an outline of a tree on a big piece of white poster board, and I write, "We are thankful for ..." in the middle of the tree. Then I cut a bunch of multi-colored leaves from construction paper. Every night before WCK's bedtime, the three of us sit down together, and each person writes what he/she is thankful for on a leaf, and we tape it to the tree. By Thanksgiving Day, the poster is completely covered. This year, WCK could write all of her words herself, with a little spelling help. She would never let us forget that it was time to "go do the leaves" every night. Here is our complete list. You'll have to guess who said what. (Hint: I didn't say "cup holders".)

Turkey
Our house
Our cat
Beer
Crayons
Mom
Nachos
Snow
WCK's school
Cousins
Aunts and Uncles
Friends
Grilling
Sunday School
Cup holders
Dolls
Running
Our church
Grandmas and Grandpas
WCK
Jimmy John (may he rest in peace)
Toys
Coffee
Reading books with WCK
Darth Vader
Food
Warm blankets
Medicine
Jay
Football
Book Club
Rainbows
Warm coats
Sunny days
Margarita's salsa
Drama Club
Our furnace
Mashed potatoes
Playing at the park
Frogs
Newts
Air Zone
Apples
Our cars
Planet Sub
Being healthy
Noodles
Grocery stores
Books
Plays
Exercise class
Batman
Men who cook the turkey on Thanksgiving
New Year's
Valentine's Day
Christmas
Easter
Fourth of July
Halloween
(someone in the family really enjoys holidays)

3 comments:

Sandy said...

This is a lovely tradition and something WCK will carry with her as she grows up. I think it is something very special and I do so appreciate your sharing it with us.

I am thankful for all the MM caregivers and bloggers who have helped me grow (like your tree) this year... you included.

feresaknit said...

What a great idea.

I came across this cute idea this morning for an advent calendar...

http://redredcompletelyred.blogspot.com/2010/11/and-yet-more-advent.html

it may be an alternative if WCK starts asking for a beer advent calendar! ;D

Anonymous said...

What, no Tapeworms?