An Easy Thanksgiving Tradition

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Check out this easy Thanksgiving tradition that even the most non-crafty parent can try! - In All You Do
Many of the amazing contributors to this site are crafty. I am not one of them. The art projects in our home typically consist of plain paper and markers. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might get out the scissors and a glue stick.

When I first became a parent, I looked at my non-craftiness as a liability. I thought it made me less of a mom.

Now, though, I’ve learned that non-crafty is just how God made me. He gave me other strengths, so there’s no need to beat myself up for my weaknesses.

I’ve also learned that even though I’m not naturally crafty, I can still do plenty of fun, “crafty-like” projects.

When I first saw this idea for Thanksgiving, I knew it was perfect for my non-crafty self.

There are three things I love about this idea:

1. It’s easy! SUPER easy!

2. It’s cheap. Once you purchase the tablecloth, you don’t have to buy anything else. EVER.

3. It teaches your family about gratitude.

Cheap, easy, and education is the perfect combination for me.

So if you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving tradition, this is the perfect one to begin this year.

Thanksgiving Tablecloth - Easy Thanksgiving  TraditionHow to Make a Thanksgiving Tablecloth: 

1. Buy a plain tablecloth (and a permanent marker if you don’t already have one).

2. Every year, trace your child’s handprint on the tablecloth. Write the year, as well as one thing for which each child is thankful. Once your kids are old enough to write themselves, have them write their own names and items for which they’re thankful.

This is a picture of what we wrote in 2012. As you can see, my then four-year-old told me was thankful for “the food of Chex.” Our youngest wasn’t talking yet so we didn’t write anything for him. I’m looking forward to seeing what they both say this year.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? 


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Lindsey Bell is the author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity . She's also a stay-at-home mother of two ornery boys, a minister's wife, an avid reader and a chocolate lover. You can find her blogging about faith, marriage, family, parenting and miscarriage over on her website. You can also keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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