“Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.”1 Chronicles 29:13 HCSB
“Hallelujah!Psalm 106:1 HCSB
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.”
Do we decorate before Thanksgiving or wait until the day after? So many debate this question.
What if we chose something in the middle? How about a Thanksgiving Tree?!
My friend started this tradition after a change in her family led her to look for alternative ways to celebrate. Whether it’s the separation or loss of a loved one, a particularly difficult year, or just a desire to create new ways to enjoy the season, a Thanksgiving tree may be worth a try.
Instead of the usual Christmas decorations, you can trim the tree with a colorful garland of fall leaves wrapped in a spiral from top to bottom. Add some pine cones, festive colored ribbon, white lights, and a collection of special items that represent what you are thankful for this year. These may include photos of those you love, mementos from trips or special occasions, notes you’ve written or received, and answered prayers. Display these items throughout the branches, and even tie the notes like scrolls with ribbon.
On Thanksgiving, gather with those around you and remove the special items one by one, taking a moment to give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and provisions, read the notes, and savor the positive feelings each treasured item creates.
Sharing this time of special gratitude will bring you closer to the Lord and will provide a sense of peace and joy as you honor Him. It will also remind you of the good things, even in the midst of difficulties and problems.
As a bonus, your tree is already up, so pull out the Christmas ornaments and start decorating as soon as you’d like!
Prayer: Dear Lord,
Thank You for your faithful love and goodness! Please help us to see the blessings in our lives even when there are difficulties. We want to praise Your glorious name.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: What are some special blessings you are thankful for this year?