This is our Thankful Tree. It's a new tradition we've started in our family and I'm crazy about it! Each year, on Veterans Day we will go for a hike and talk about all the things we are thankful for. This year I took the kids to Malibu Lagoon State Beach where we hiked all over the preserve collecting sticks and leaves. When we got home we put the sticks in a vase and traced the leaves onto construction paper. Each day, until thanksgiving, the kids will write down something they are thankful for on a leaf and tie it to the tree. On Thanksgiving day, we'll take down the leaves and read them to one another, giving us time to share all the things that are important to us. Today's leaves say "Family", "Soldiers", and "The American Flag". I think that is a great beginning.