Thanksgiving traditions

Everyone in my family is preparing for one of my favorite holidays,

The things I love best about Thanksgiving are
spending time with family, eating (of course) and our family traditions.  

Today I'm sharing some of our favorite traditions, 
and some fun ones I found around the internet.

family traditions gratitude journal

In 2007, I put together this gratitude journal.
Every year, everyone who eats Thanksgiving 
dinner at our house, writes what they are thankful for in our book.

To make it, I gathered some paper, cut to 5x7.  
I used white cardstock inside and orange cardstock on the cover. 
I punched holes in the side, then tied various ribbons through the holes.  
I decorated to cover with various paper and embellishments.  

I love looking back at what everyone has written.
This entry is from my sweet girl 2 years ago.

I love this entry from my oldest in 2007. 

This year for my fall table, I used this chalkboard paper as a table runner.

At dinner for the past few days, we've been using this marker (amazon affiliate link) 
to add things we are grateful for.

The paper is holding up surprisingly well and is a great 
visual reminder of all of the things we have to be grateful for.

I think the following ideas are pretty great ideas as well!

  I love this idea for a thankful pumpkin .

This thanksgiving table cloth is so cute!

 This gratitude turkey is adorable!

Hopefully you've found some great ideas to start family traditions in your home.