Make a Gratitude Treehttp://www.homefires.com/click?thanks
Get simple instructions for making a Thanksgiving "Gratitude Tree" with a piece of posterboard and construction paper. Family and friends write messages about what they are most thankful for and post them on the tree. Make A Gratitude Cake!http://www.homefires.com/click?cake
Watch a video of Deborah Norville showing Rachel Ray how to make a "Gratitude Cake."
This is a very easy and simple idea loaded with heartfelt sentiment.
And here are a couple of suggestions from my article on Homefires.com titled, "ThANGSTgiving: It's Not Just the Pie That's Crusty!" To read the entire article visit: http://www.homefires.com/articles/thangstgiving.aspLeaves of Gratitude
Cut leaves out of autumn-colored construction paper and make one for each guest.
Ask each person to write down or draw a picture of what they are grateful for on a paper leaf,
and place it in a basket on the dinner table. Take turns reading them during dessert.
Then, as an after-dinner activity, place them in a scrapbook.
Do this each year.
Everyone will enjoy looking back through the scrapbook and reading their comments.Tablecloth of Thanks & Wishes
Place a light-colored cotton tablecloth on the table and give everyone a "Sharpie" permanent marker
(they come in a variety of colors).
Have them write down something that they are thankful for on the tablecloth.
Children can draw a picture. Date each message.
Use this tablecloth annually. Everyone will enjoy reading the messages year after year.