For some reason it didn't happen last year, but most years since Wylie was a toddler we've made a Thankfulness Tree. The idea was born out of wanting a tangible sign of our thankfulness, something concrete the children could focus on. And lets face it, holiday crafting is fun, particularly something as simple as this.
Beginning a week or so before Thanksgiving day I cut out leaf shapes from old watercolor paintings. The leaves and a pen sit on the kitchen table for and throughout the week we make a quick note of the things for which we are thankful. Then, we tape them onto the tree--a small sapling propped up in an old jug. Its likely the kids will outgrow this tradition, but for now I'm enjoying their own ideas about the things they appreciate in their lives, and to seeing their invented spelling and improving handwriting skills.
We are thankful for so much.