The holidays are such a busy time of the year for families that it can be difficult to stop and really focus on the true meaning of what we’re celebrating.  It’s very easy to get swept up in that holiday bustle so that’s why we started a new Thanksgiving tradition by making a Gratitude Tree a few years ago. 


Now, as you gear up for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities, why not make this year’s celebration truly memorable with our personalized Thanksgiving decor? Create a warm and inviting atmosphere that not only showcases your unique style but also serves as a constant reminder of gratitude. 

gratitude tree and turkey platter

Every night after dinner, we each write down one thing that we are thankful for on a paper leaf, we read it aloud, and then hang the leaf on our tree. 

paper leaves

paper leaf

paper leaf

By the end of November, our little tree is overflowing with all of our blessings. It’s such a special tradition that really allows us to celebrate the true spirit of Thanksgiving and connect as a family. We look forward to it every year! 

At the end of the season, we collect all of our leaves and keep them safely stored away. That way we can always look back and read all of our blessings throughout the years! 

turkey platter and gratitude tree

Making a Gratitude Tree is super simple and only requires a few supplies that most of us already have in our homes and backyards! 

How To Make a Gratitude Tree 

What You’ll Need 

  • Branches 
  • Floral styrofoam 
  • Large container (we use an old coffee can) 
  • Construction paper in autumn colors 
  • String or yarn 
  • Scissors 


Place styrofoam in container. This will hold the branches in place. Stick the branches into the styrofoam. 

sticks in a sponge base

Cut out leaves (about 2-3 inches in length so there’s enough room to write). Punch a hole through each leaf and thread a piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie a knot. 

pen and paper leaves

Another way to celebrate your family’s blessings is by writing down on a family chalkboard some of the things that you are thankful for this year. We each contributed a couple and came up with the rest as a family. 

turkey platter and gratitude tree in front of chalkboard