A Thanksgiving Family Tradition. Too often we get caught up with the cooking and planning for our Thanksgiving meal that we forget to keep our children focused on reason for this holiday….being thankful. A fun way to help your kids expand their gratefulness is to create a “Thanksgiving Tree.” You can make your own construction paper leaves or go to the local learning store which will have paper cut outs of leaves. I, then, get barren sticks and place them in a weighted coffee can or jar. Keep the ‘leaves’ and a pen in a basket by your ‘tree.’ Each day the children write things they are thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the sticks. Soon your ‘tree’ will no longer be barren sticks but a colorful “Thanksgiving Tree.” Just a simple way to focus on the true meaning of Thanksgiving!