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"Welcome to our home" Thankfulness Tree

Last year for Thanksgiving, we revived an old-family favorite but chose to put a new spin on it. The first day of November, the kids and I drew a simple tree on butcher paper and cut out several fall-colored leaves from construction paper.  We each picked one leaf and wrote our thoughts of Thankfulness for 2011. 

Thankfulness Tree to welcome visitors-The Unlikely Homeschool

Then, we set the rest of the leaves along with a handful of markers in a basket by the door. Everyone who came through our door during the month of November was asked to add their thoughts to our Thankfulness tree. In all honesty, our tree is missing a few leaves from folks who had to come and go in a flash. But, all in all, it was a full tree and a month-long reminder of God's goodness to us in friendships that He's brought our way.

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  1. Great idea, and I really like that you invite visitors to add to your tree. We put the things we are thankful for on our ceiling, but we've never invited visitors to add to them. What a GREAT idea!

    1. Thanks! It has been a great way to celebrate with our extended family and friends.