Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gratitude Trees and Garlands

In September hubby and I went to Edward's Apple Orchard for the day.  One of the things we enjoyed most was a Gratitude Garland "station" they had set up in one of the barns.  The display itself was so beautiful using the old suitcase to hold the pieces of ribbon.
 The also made the pens into 'flower pens' with instructions to write what you were grateful for on the ribbons.
 Once you were finished, you placed them in this cute egg basket and then they were gathered each day to be hung on the wall in a giant Gratitude Garland!
I know this is probably not a new concept to most but it was the first time I'd seen something like this.  I found some other cute variations including "Gratitude Trees" so I thought I'd share them with you. 
 Grateful Branch

 Gratitude Garland for kids to make
 Gratitude Garland with envelopes


 Gratitude Garland Free Download

 Cute scrappy mantle banner
 Thankful Tree

Paper Bag Gratitude Garland

I think that any of these would be fun to do not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year.  Wouldn't it be fun to have the "pieces" at hand all year long and as we become mindful of something to be thankful for, we add it to the collection?  Then as Thanksgiving draws near, it could all be assembled as a reminder of how we have been blessed ALL YEAR LONG.  I know I often forget all of the ways the Lord has blessed me, both big and small.  I think this would cause us to always be on the 'look out' for these blessings throughout the year and very encouraging to be reminded of them all as we sit around our Thanksgiving table, reminiscing about each one.

3 comments:

  1. What wonderful ideas. It's always a good to remember all we have to be grateful for.

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  2. These are some great ideas to display our thankfulness. What fun ways to teach thankfulness to our little ones. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I want to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  3. I love these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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