Teaching Your Kids Gratitude Using a Thanksgiving Tree Tradition

Teach your kids the practice of gratitude through Bible verses using a Thanksgiving Tree to focus on the true reason for the season.

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Teaching gratitude

TEACHING GRATITUDE TO YOUR KIDS

Thanksgiving is often overlooked as it squeezes in between candy-filled Halloween and the presents of Christmastime.

A few years ago I became more intentional in the way I approached November. I made a habit of pointing out to my children that it’s a month of practicing gratitude, a skill which can benefit you for a lifetime.

We usually write down a list of things to be thankful for. However, this year I wanted to take the focus off of material things that usually crowd our list. I pointed our kids to gratitude practices in the Bible by creating my own gratitude tree.

Each night my children take turns choosing a leaf and hanging it on the tree. We used tiny clothespins, but you can use tape or string to tie them on. Each leaf has one thing from the Bible that we can be thankful for and a Bible verse to go with it. As we approach Thanksgiving, our tiny tree fills up with a list of Biblical things to be grateful for.

This is a great way for us to practice reading our Bibles each day and to help train my kids on how to find Bible verses on their own.

I like to place our tree on the dinner table so that we can talk about what we’re thankful for that day, or use the ideas in our mealtime prayer. Having it in front of us each nights helps remind us to be thankful throughout the day. It keeps gratitude at the center of our focus for the month, instead of complaining or arguing at the dinner table.

I’m so excited to share these with you and hope that you are inspired to start this new tradition with your family this November!

ORDER YOUR OWN THANKSGIVING TREE ORNAMENTS

I’ve created a set of 30 printable Thanksgiving Tree Ornaments (one for each day in November) that you can use to teach your kids how to be more grateful this season. You can print a full-color set for your family or individual sets for each of your children to have their own tree. I’ve also included black and white versions to use as coloring pages for a fun activity.

**NOTE: The tree is not included, but we use the 20″ Tabletop Tree Light if you need a recommendation. I love it because it’s battery operated and lights up!**

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