Saturday, November 10, 2012

Who are You Thankful For?

Every Thanksgiving, for as long as I can remember, we would create a tree of things we are thankful for. We would head out on Thanksgiving morning to find a twig that would become our tree.  My mom would put it in floral foam and use it as our centerpiece.  We would cut leaves out of construction paper in fall colors and place a few on each person's plate along with a pen.  Each person was asked to write down what they were thankful for that year.  

Some answers were expected.  "I am thankful for my family." Some were not.  "I am thankful for all that cancer has taught me this year."  These leaves were read out and then taped onto our tree.  As we read them, they began to sound like a prayer and tears of gratitude would almost always fall.   We hung each leaf on the tree so that we would have a visual of all that we were thankful for throughout the dinner.

This year, I would like to extend that tree to you.  At Perchable, we are always talking about the love we have for our children and our families.  But who helped to shape you as a child?  If you could thank them, what would you say?  For the month of November, I encourage you to thank them in the comment field below or on our Facebook page.  What did they do for you?  How did they influence your life?  It doesn't need to be an essay (unless you want it to be) but it does need to be said.  We have so much to learn from the parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents of yesterday.  So tell me, who are you thankful for for touching your childhood and why?

P.S.  Everyone who submits an entry will be entered to win the book, The Joy of Family Traditions.  It's full of fun and easy ideas to make every holiday rich with tradition.  


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