By Sung Bin
This month I thought it would be a good opportunity to focus on gratitude with Thanksgiving approaching. I didn't want it to be all about the feast but about the appreciation for those around us we cherish. We crafted this sort of family tree together out of craft felt. Though my toddler helped by choosing the colors I did do most of the project while she was napping since there is some basic sewing needed. You can see the finished tree has some simple sewn leaves of different shapes and then we hung them on some twigs and branches from our yard. I made a sort of little pocket in each leaf to slip in pieces of paper with the names of each family member per leaf and an extra one for a mystery non-family member. Every day we pick a leaf and read the name off the paper inside. We would do something nice for this person like write a thank you note, draw a picture, send a postcard or call them to say thank you. Something simple but to allow a small act to show how thankful we were to have this person in our lives. Since we don't have a huge immediate family it wasn't quite as daunting to sew enough leaves but I imagine you can probably put multiple name slips on each leaf to save time. Along with the leaves I made two small banners 'give thanks' but you can really put whatever you want. I hope to continue this every year and that it might be a good tool for us to take some time to be appreciative.
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