Counting Blessings as a Family

posted on November 14, 2011 by  |  posted under Crafting, Fun With Kids, Thanksgiving  |  8 Comments

Family Blessing Tree

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count! -Neal A. Maxwell

Our first Thanksgiving married, my husband and I decided to take a moment out of our busy lives and write out all of our many blessings. We hoped that if we could see them all together, we could make them count a little more!

Family Blessing Tree

So we took some butcher paper, listed them all, one by one, and hung it where we could see it everyday.

{Now, no making fun…We had only been married a couple of months!} 😉

Since we’ve had the chance to spend a lot of time with our cousins, we decided to do it with them this year!

We thought we should start out by teaching the young ones what it means to be grateful with some simple activities.

We found some autumn colored paper, cut some tall feathers and leaves…

Family Blessing Tree

Wrote some things they were thankful for on their feathers…

Family Blessing Tree(Can I just quickly say that I love kindergartener’s handwriting! I smile every time!)

…and made Indian headbands to wear for Thanksgiving dinner! Just like those at the very first Thanksgiving!

Family Blessing Tree

Next we talked about the Pilgrims and Indians, and why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

We then made place mats for the BIG DAY!

Family Blessing Tree

They had fun tracing and labeling each item’s spot.

Family Blessing Tree

Last but not least, we got the whole family involved! Inspired by the original/boring butcher paper poster, we created a Thankful Tree poster and covered it with all the blessings that we enjoy!

Family Blessing Tree

Family Blessing Tree

Family Blessing Tree(bet you can’t tell which ones the husbands added!) 😉

We then hung it up in a place where it can be a reminder for us to not only count our blessings, but make them count!

Family Blessing Tree

Hope you make the time to pause and count your blessings! It surely puts life back into perspective!

For we all have much to be grateful for…

Family Blessing Tree

Don’t forget to check out all the Thanksgiving ideas we’ve been gathering via Pinterest!

    1. November 14th, 2011 at 7:39 am
      Alison says:
      Caley this is so fun! I am planning on doing this with my family this weekend...we are celebrating early! Thanks!
    2. November 14th, 2011 at 11:12 am
      Ashley says:
      Very, very cute!
    3. November 14th, 2011 at 1:57 pm
      Jocelynn says:
      is there a template for the tree and leaves? I am horrible at drawing things=)
      • November 14th, 2011 at 7:49 pm
        Caley says:
        Aw sorry! I don't have a template, although I did google some branch images to get an idea of how I wanted to lay it out! For the leaves, I traced some from a fake garland I have hanging up. Cookie cutters work too! ;)
    4. November 14th, 2011 at 6:07 pm
      Jane T says:
      I love, love, love this idea.
    5. November 18th, 2011 at 11:15 am
      Nesleirbag says:
      LOVE this!
    6. December 7th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
      Cheryl says:
      we did some smaller personal "thanksgiving" trees for a yw activity. it was pretty awesome!
    7. November 15th, 2013 at 11:29 am
      saidah says:
      Hi Caley,

      What is the scripture at the top of the butcher Blessing poster?

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