Something that my husband’s family does that we’ve now incorporated into our own family traditions is a thankful turkey. Starting at the beginning of November I make a turkey out of construction paper and tape it to the pantry door. Or I’ve done the fridge in the past too. Then I cut out feathers – enough for each day until Thanksgiving. Then each day, write down what you’re thankful for on a feather and stick it on the turkey.
It’s a great way to remember to be thankful each day of the month and to see all the many things you’ve been blessed with! It’s so fun to get the kids involved to see what they’re thankful for too! And try to think of things that aren’t the usual things we’re thankful for. For example, my husband put that he was thankful for windshield wipers because snowy mud kept getting caked on our windshield as we were driving to our in-laws. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to see! My husband is much more clever than I am, I wouldn’t have thought of that.
The turkey is super easy to make! You don’t need a pattern or anything. Just make a circle for the belly, a neck and head, 2 wings, a beak, a wattle (the red part under the chin), feet, and lots of feathers. Last year we didn’t have brown paper so I just colored it, but brown construction paper or even brown paper bags are great too!