In these trying times we are living in it's even more important than ever to give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. It's something I have learned to do many years ago. Every day, though out the year, I look for something to be thankful for. I do it even on my most busiest and difficult days. It really has changed my outlook and helped me put my life in perspective.
I especially like the month of November because it's been designated a 'Give Thanks and Gratitude' month. It seems like more and more people are doing just that. They are sending little thank you cards to family and friends. They are writing daily thankful posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs. They are even leaving notes in lunch boxes and sending e-mails. It has all helped to make the month of November stand out as a very joyful and loving month indeed. Don't you just love reading those posts or being the recipient of one of those notes? I know I sure do!
We have really been enjoying our thankful tree. It makes us happy! It's very colorful and uplifting. When the sunlight hits the leaves in the house they seem to have a warm and beautiful glow like the leaves outside. I love bringing a little bit of autumn into the house. I also enjoy stopping by my tree and pausing to read our notes. My hubby likes our tree too. He told me the other day he finds it very cheery. And that when I hadn't even asked him what he thought of it yet.
Our thankful tree was very simple to make. First, Charli, my hubby, and myself went out into the woods to collect the branches. Then I sprayed the branches with shellac. I purchased styrofoam and three different types of pre-cut leaves from one of our local craft stores. Some of the leaves have glitter, others are made out of a sort of parchment material, and still others are cut out of colored card stock. My hubby and I made thankful labels, placed them on some of the leaves, and then I wired all of the leaves onto the tree. I stuffed the vase with orange tissue paper in order to hide the styrofoam. Then I printed out a Thanksgiving Day card and attached it near the bottom of the vase.
The tree will eventually be used as a centerpiece on our long serving table on Thanksgiving day. I think it will look very pretty surrounded with tea lights, and of course, delicious food.
What about you? Do you do anything special to give thanks in the month of November? If so, I would love to hear from you.
I'm thankful for our blog land and for all of you♥
I hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed week!
Well, I'm of to take our grandson Ryan on a very special date. Poor little Charli! She has to stay home. "Oh now Charli don't pout. You will be fine."
With warmest regards, Carol