Holiday Craft for Kids: Thanksgiving Christmas Tree
I’m vehemently against the holiday season creeping into Thanksgiving. I signed more than one petition against retail stores opening on my favorite day of the year, a day that celebrates two important things to me: local food and the good that exists within people. When my everyday busy life gets in the way, Thanksgiving provides me a day to reflect on my blessings and give thanks.
But I did it. I let Christmas creep into my recent Thanksgiving holiday craft for kids. I had good intentions at the start of November to create a thankful project to do with my kids. I pinned all kinds of Thanksgiving Crafts on Pinterest and had a plan in place to create a “thankful” tree. But then life got in the way. Today turned into tomorrow which became next weekend and, before I knew it, it was the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Rationalizing the fact that Thanksgiving falls so late this year, I rethought my original idea. And thus was born our Thanksgiving Christmas Tree craft. Calling it a craft is a bit of a stretch. What our family makes are more art projects than crafts. In fact, it started with an impromptu messy paint session that happened Saturday night after dinner with Olivia (age 7) and Owen (age 2). The results were pages of painted paper. Typically I save their paintings to cut shapes and decorations for cards we give to family, friends, and teachers throughout the year.
I decided, however, that the decorated paper would make great ornaments for our thankful Christmas tree. All I had to make was the Christmas tree which I did from construction paper. Then, I gave Olivia a few instructions for making the “thankful” ornaments along with a variety of decorative edge scissors, markers, and tape. She had a lot of fun coming up with her people (and pets) to put on the tree.
When it was all done, she decided to make a sign which easily became my favorite part. It reads: People (and pets) that we care about! For just this once, I don’t mind the holidays creeping into Thanksgiving. From our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever you are celebrating today, this weekend, and next month.
- E-family news: Thanksgiving Lessons for Children – Celebrating Gratitude & Family
- Bright Horizons Online Community: Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
- Bright Horizons Online Community: What Are Your Children Thankful For?
- Read more posts about Thanksgiving and posts about family recipes from the Family Room blogger