The week before Thanksgiving, I made a simple thankful tree with a pile of blank leaves for the girls to write down in words or pictures the things they were thankful for. Ella and Claire had many of the same ideas (the sisters one was my favorite):
A few more...
Lucy got into the spirit as well. At one point I asked her to tell me what she was writing, and she said "Mom." She's been working hard on writing her name lately so you can see a lot of L's, U's and a few other letters mixed in as well.
Claire is thankful for letters and books here.
Of course we are all thankful for modern technology. That's a phone in Claire's picture on the left. No, she doesn't have a phone but I assure you she's been counting down the days until she gets one for a while now (see this Instagram photo from two years ago). By the way, that day is many, many years away.
These were my favorite kind of leaves though:
Overall our thankful tree was something really simple that the girls loved. Now that Thanksgiving is over and I've taken it down (although I did save the leaves!), they have already been brainstorming ideas for a thankful Christmas tree.
As Thanksgiving weekend draws to an end we are diving headfirst into the Christmas season. We chopped down our tree yesterday...
... and not one, but two elves showed up at our house today: our old pal Buddy and a new girl elf that we named Sarah. Speculation ran rampant as to why an extra elf showed up this year. Ideas included:
- Buddy got married, has a girlfriend, got engaged, and other variations on that theme.
- Since we are in a bigger house now, one elf is not enough to patrol the whole place (trust me, the house is not that big).
- The new elf is Buddy's sister.
- The new elf is an elf-in-training.
Personally, I just think Santa decided that two elves were more fun than one. ;) Ella asked me about the elf I had when I was a kid and was absolutely shocked to find out that Santa didn't send elves to children's houses back then.
Let the holiday fun begin!