I'll be honest. Once the calender hits November 1st, I am a monster. A carol-singing, obnoxiously cheery, snow-loving, festivity-loving, holiday maniac. To me November 1st through the New Year really is the most wonderful time of the year, so of course I'm doing my best to fill my children with this immense love for the season and all the wonderfulness it entails.
One bit of that awesomeness: the true spirit of Thanksgiving. We're not much for materialism. We refuse to shop ANYWHERE- not even gas stations- on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday is only a blip on our radar because occasionally we can get a true need met or supply for something on a good sale then. Door-busters we are not. We like Thanksgiving for the family and the true spirit of gratefulness. Even with all the intense trials we have faced in the last several years- maybe even BECAUSE of those trials- we have so much to be grateful for, and we are eager to instill this in our children.
- 4 pieces of brown construction paper
- 2 pieces each of red, orange, yellow, and green construction paper
- A pair of scissors
- A marker
- Packing tape
I like to use packing tape for several reasons. Firstly, it holds up well for the long hall, which is important because we keep this up until December 1st. Secondly, it is versatile and can be rolled into various shapes, widths, and length very simply(and with one hand! Always important with kids involved). Thirdly, the clean-up is way easier. Scotch tape and the like can stick to glass and be SUCH a pain- and possibly damaging- to scrape off. Packing tape rolls off easily and any adhesive residue is easily removed with glass cleaner.
Starting at the roots, tape the tree to the window using rolled tape strips, and line up the trunk pieces so they almost match and make a straight line. If your kids are real hands-on and not just watching Mama do it all, this will not be a straight line. Stress not! It's going to be covered by leaves in a week or so. *wink* You can even decorate the brown trunk with some 'bark carvings' a la the last century. Caution: You may need to explain this to your kids. Poor things don't know what they're missing, not carving their names into the flesh of a tree in the name of eternal love. I know. I'm showing my age here.
Space the branches out at the top of the tree however you choose. Two on the top and three on each side works well, but really this is all a formality. Depending on how many offspring you have adding leaves to your Tree of Thanks, you may barely fill the branches, or you you may end up covering the entire glass surface with a mosaic of construction paper.
|It'll get prettier, I promise!|
|Mama did some helping with the leaf-writing|
|Can't forget the man of my dreams|