One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is making the “Thankful Tree.” Everyday during the month of November have each member of your family write something they are thankful for on a paper leaf. By the time Thanksgiving comes around you will have a tree filled with dozens of happy reminders of what you are thankful for! It is the perfect way for your family to come together in gratitude during the month of November!

Don’t forget to snap some pictures of the tree “growth” process. On Thanksgiving, take turns reading the leaves at the dinner table. This is sure to be a special memory for your family.

How to make the Thankful Tree:

  1. Feel free to make it yourself or follow these instructions here by HGTV!

thankful-tree2. Download the “Thankful Tree” from! This tree is easy to print and makes a cool, sleek decoration to have up during the holidays. It will make the perfect backdrop for your Thanksgiving dinner!


3. An alternative to the tree is the paper leaf garland! For each “Thankful Leaf” drawn, attach it to some twine, or cute ribbon using a clothespin. For an extra special custom touch, add in some of your favorite Chatbooks prints with pictures of what you are thankful for! Hang the garland along your fireplace mantel, in your kitchen windows, or in your kids bedroom. A simple, and quick Thanksgiving decoration.