You can never count your blessings enough, and this activity will help every family member to reflect upon the things that make life so enjoyable. First, hunt down a leaf-less tree branch. The more branches it has the better, as you'll be hanging paper leaves from them. Secure the branch into a sturdy board, or plant it into moistened floral foam set in an attractive pot. You can cover the board or foam with Spanish moss, dried flowers, husks, gourds, silk autumn flowers, or leaves as desired.
Next, pull out harvest-colored construction paper, scissors, crayons or pencils, a hole puncher, and raffia or ribbon. Involve the family in cutting out leaves in various shapes and sizes from the paper. Punch a hole in each leaf and thread with raffia or ribbon so that it will hang on the tree. After family members write or draw pictures on the leaves of things they are thankful for, decorate the branch with the leaves.
Set additional leaves near the tree so family members can continue decorating the branches throughout the holidays. Alternatively, leaves can be used as place cards at your holiday dining table. Invite guests to write their thoughts of gratitude on the leaves and place them on the tree. Because "happiness is a grateful heart," completing this activity will fill your home with many smiles and much appreciation. It certainly did so in mine.
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