Today is only November 2nd and you literally can’t find any fall decorations or Thanksgiving items ANYWHERE! We went to the mall tonight with the boys to
let them get their wiggles out just walk around and Kohl’s was completely decked out with tinsel and trees.
In our Happy Home, I try really hard not to rush past the humble spirit of this sweet holiday even with all the outside pressure to get into Christmas mode.
I intentionally do this because having a grateful heart is one of the most important character traits I want my Happy Buddies to learn – as it seems to be the cure for whining, crankiness, bickering, discontentment, bitterness, resentment, etc., etc.
So let’s kick off this season of Thanksgiving with a fabulous round-up of Countdown Ideas that you can use with your Happy Home to prepare their precious hearts for Turkey Day.
Check out the Thanksgiving Advent Calendar I made for our Happy Home a few years ago.
I am not even kidding when I tell you how easy it was to make that thing.
The best part about it are the little pockets (one for each day in November) that we get to fill with slips of paper scribbled with our daily gratitudes. :-)
Fill a Thankful Jar, like this one from Parents, each day with things your Happy Home is thankful for.
Here is a fun Turkey Countdown from Baby Center!
Simply add a feather each day leading up to Thanksgiving.I loooooooove this idea that originally came from Alphamom (but the post seems to have disappeared from the site…).
Simply take some small paper cups, fill each with a piece of candy (break into that Halloween candy stash), cover each cup with a glued square of tissue paper, attach all to a foam board and voila!
Your Happy Buddies will have so much fun punching through the tissue paper each day to reveal a little treat – a little something to be thankful for. :-)
This Thankful Wreath from Chica and Jo is so easy to make!
There’s always the good ole’ fashioned Paper Chain like this one from One Charming Party.
Have everyone in your Happy Home (including pets and visitors) add a link each day expressing what he/she is thankful for.
Before long, you will have a beautiful decoration adorning your dining room for all of your Thanksgiving Dinner guests!
This Thankful Jar is filled with Thankful Activities for your Happy Buddies to complete – 1 per day.
Pop over to Somewhat Simple for the FREE Printable.
Activity cards say cute things like:
I am thankful for pies – Go make a pumpkin pie to anyone.
I am thankful for Grandparents – Call and tell them “I love you,” or “I am grateful for you!”
Honeybear Lane has this sweet homemade Handprint Advent Calendar.
You can add things your Happy Home is thankful for to the finger feathers each day.
Finally, you must check out this brand new FREE Printable Family Gratitude Devotions for the month of November from one of my new favorite blogs to read, Frugal Fun for Boys.
What a great way to dive into what God’s Word says about being thankful, AND you get to do it every single day this month.
I know your November will be full of sweet blessings with any of these creative ideas!
Happy Thanksgiving Countdown-ing! :-)
*Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest Board for more great countdown ideas!*