If you want to have a Christmas tree that is a bit different or has a different significance, you might like this idea. It can be in addition to your usual Christmas tree or instead – and it is a lot cheaper, too.
Making a Christmas tree of thanks
So, get something to be your tree – it can be the branch of a tree, an artificial Christmas tree, a candelabra or even a pine cone!
Make the decorations for your tree – maybe once a week or once a day, or make lots early in December and randomly choose one each day to hang on your tree.
The decorations are all hand-made by everyone in your family/household. They can be squares of paper with a few words, or you can cut various shapes and draw pictures on them – whatever feels right for you.
What is important is to write on each decoration about what you are thankful for. It can be anything, but some examples to get you started are:
- thankful the family is healthy
- thank you for a great year
- thanks for having a place to call home
- I’m grateful to be part of this family
- thanks for the spirit and magic of Christmas
Each time you look at this special tree, you will be reminded of the good things in your lives. And you can make a special time on Christmas Eve or even Boxing Day to read the decorations together and value what is important.
It may be a great activity in the middle of Christmas Day if the kids are getting too caught up in presents.
Merry Christmas, and thanks for sharing the spirit and magic of Christmas with us.