Each year once the holiday season begins it seems to just fly by. Sometimes it seems as if we go straight from Fall and Halloween fun and dive right into Christmas. First, I want to say that I LOVE Christmas. To me it is truly a magical time and honestly one of my favorite times of the year. With that being said though I get sad when November is consumed with Christmas. Why? Because I want to embrace Thanksgiving!

Blessed & Thankful Wall- Turkey made from our son’s hand and foot prints, one color for each family member.

Thanksgiving is a time to remember our history but also a time to step back and appreciate what we have and be thankful. This is something I think that is very important before diving into the Christmas season which can too often be overtaken by consumerism.

One list for each family member.

One list for each family member.

This is either the third or fourth year that our family has had the “thankful tradition.” I often see it on social media where people makes posts each day about what they are thankful for but we have the same idea but in “old school” format with pen and paper. Each year it’s looked a little different but the same concept. I love seeing what my husband is thankful for and I’m sure he enjoys seeing what I appreciate in our life as well. This year has been fun as it’s the first year my son can really get into what he is thankful for. Though I don’t steer him to say certain things (he really is thankful for his ninja turtle shirt and that’s ok) it does give us an opportunity to discuss things to be grateful for beyond materialistic items. I’m hoping as he gets older we’ll see a nice shift in his answers as well but we’ll see :).

Turkey decorated by our son- one column for each family member.

Turkey decorated by our son- one column for each family member.

I’m curious to know if anybody has any other fun traditions for the Thanksgiving season? We’ve been studying the first Thanksgiving and family Thanksgiving traditions during our homeschooling time too which has fun!