Fall Trees and Sunshine

November Family Thankful Project

Happy Holiday Season Everyone!

Fall Trees and Sunshine

I love all the fall and winter holidays. They always seem to be filled with happy traditions. Sometimes November and Thanksgiving seem to be over looked for Christmas. I work hard in my home to make sure this doesn’t happen. Decorations, food and projects stay focused on fall, family and being grateful for everything in our lives.

We use this month as a time to practice mindful daily gratitude as a family. Writing and sharing gratitude out loud has an amazing effect on a person’s happiness level. It also is a very helpful tool when doing a self-evaluation or reflection. It is a super important practice I want to teach my children. And I see the positive effect for hubby when encouraging him to participate as well.

The benefits of practicing gratitude regularly are great. All year I actually write something I am thankful for every day. Some of the many benefits of gratitude include better all around heath, enhanced empathy and reduced aggression, better sleep and better self esteem(According to Amy Morin and her article I found on Forbes.)

In another article it tells how much happier practicing gratitude can make you, especially when you do it daily in a journal. ( Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. wrote for Physcology Today) According to her the up side of practicing gratitude is there no matter what, but to gain a true heath benefit you should make it a daily habit.


Family Thankful Tree

Each night during the month of November we have a topic to guide us. We write and share something for which we are thankful. We record all of these ideas on a fall leaf and tape them to a tree cut out I have posted on the wall near our dinner table. It is fun to see the tree grow more full with our thankful leaves as each day passes.
In future years when both the kids are big enough to write on their own, we are going to try out this same plan but with tree rings. When a tree is cut down, inside there are many circles from small to large. In between each ring we will write our daily thankful note. Then I’ll laminate them and save them to look back on.

30 Thankful Prompts



30 Thankful Prompts for November (2)<—- Here is the printable list of Thankful Prompts.

Thankful Tree Ring Printable<——- Here is the link to the tree rings. 

Leaf Template Printable<——– Here is a link to some leaf templates. 


 Here is what the list and tree ring printable look like after printed. Be sure to select the paper size you want and print it to fit in the margins.Printable Posters


There are also several Thanksgiving themed thankful books I love to read with my kids during this month. Here are the links if you want to check the out. I am an affiliate with Amazon, if you use the links to purchase I will get a bonus. We really do love all these books so if you are looking for some good Thanksgiving themed ones please check these out!

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I am a mom of two sweet kiddos. One boy who is 6 and one girl who is 3. Before kids, I was a Kindergarten teacher. My purpose here is to build a positive place for Moms (or any parent for that matter) to learn, share and support each other in our life quest for Happiness!

One thought on “November Family Thankful Project”

  1. What great ideas!! I especially love the idea of that tree and the growing leaves!! So perfect and fun for this time of year! Thanks so much for sharing.

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