Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Forest of Gratitude: Thanksgiving Trees

Many thanks to all who contributed pictures of their Thanksgiving Trees for this post. I began to assemble links, but then couldn't resist the idea of seeing all the trees on one page.

Jennifer and the gang at As Cozy as Spring made this beautiful tree, using felt instead of construction paper. I love the felt idea, as well as the shape of these leaves.

Another fun and creative idea from Katherine, at A Living Education, was to use the family's hands for the leaves on her tree.

Dawn, of By Sun and Candlelight, has a tree that is happily sprawling over an entire window.

Minnesota Mom's
kids each made their own gorgeous trees.

Donna's beautiful tree has a great array of colors and leaves of many different shapes.

K, at Cirque de Moi, started her tree close to Thanksgiving, but plans to begin November 1st next year. It appears loaded with blessings anyway, K!

And Jennifer, from Family in Feast and Feria got the extended family in on the project. Her mother-in-law loves the tree and its "falling blessings" so much that she wants to keep it up year-round.

has had her own unique take on a Thanksgiving Tree for years, and I love the way she uses real branches and lovely, delicate, watercolor leaves.

One more to add! Tracy and her family made this terrific tree. Thanks, Tracy!

And, here's the final picture of our tree, filled with blessings, from November, and from every day of our lives:

Thanks again, to all of you for participating. It was a delight to see the individuality, the creativity, and the joy that went into your trees. As I said at this time last year, "thanks" seems like a feeble word for all that God gives us, but sometimes it's all we've got.

And often, it's just right.

Thank you.


Margaret in Minnesota said...

I love it love it love it love it!

How many people participated again? Well, I love it that many times.

Thank you, Karen! :)

Anonymous said...

Darn, I was going to send you ours, but I am such a klutz at the computer that I have no idea how to send a photo, so I have been at the mercy of my dh to do it for me! So of course it hasn't happened yet.

Oh, well. Maybe next year!

Anonymous said...

This made me smile. Thanks for inspiring everyone and collecting it all together. I really enjoyed seeing it all together as well. This was a wonderful idea.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks, Margaret and Jennifer! Faith, do you post pictures on your blog? If you do, I can just go there to get the picture and take care of it from this end. I'd love to add yours!

Suzanne Temple said...

These are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the trees, Karen! Thanks for this great idea. We will certainly try it next year!

Anonymous said...

The trees look even more beautiful all together like this. Great idea!

JennGM said...

Thanks for sharing the idea, Karen, and this post makes it even more beautiful to see the unique trees. Love all the pictures!

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased you decided to put all the pictures of the trees in the post. They are beautiful!

K said...

Thank you for posting all of the trees, Karen. They look so beautiful and unique. I am trying to come up with something similar for Advent. Any ideas? I would like to focus on blessings as well as corporal works.

Anonymous said...

Karen, this was such a wonderful idea! I am so honored to be a part of your Thanksgiving Tree post! Thank YOU, my friend!! (Shall we do this again next year?) :)

The Bookworm said...

I loved seeing all these trees. Makes me wish we celebrated Thanksgiving ;)