Here’s an idea that you can start now and do through Thanksgiving!

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I sit down the read my monthly copy of Family Fun magazine. I am not the mom who can whip out a craft project on demand or make a creative Halloween costume.

But the magazine has some great ideas this month for Thanksgiving. I know a lot of parents, like myself, are struggling with how to exemplify the spirit of gratefulness. I love the idea of creating a list of things we’re grateful for and then using that to decorate later. Family Fun magazine mentions cutting out strips of construction paper and writing a grateful note on it each day. On Thanksgiving Day you read all of the items and use the strips to create a paper chain to then decorate your Christmas tree.

Another option is to write something each day on these “I am thankful for” leaves (PDF file) and then create a link of leaves by stapling them together. Or, if you want to get a little fancier, punch a hole in each leaf and string it on some yarn. I think we’re going to try that this year, so we’ll have a nice chain of leaves to put together and hang on Thanksgiving Day.

There are also a lot of Thanksgiving printables that will make what may seem like the longest dinner ever – go a lot faster for younger children. I’m looking forward to coloring the pages with Olivia!

Note: I’ve added updated photos of our Grateful Chain – we went with the printable leaves and decorated our mantle with them.