Today, we’re sharing simple ways to show appreciation this holiday season.
One of my favorite ways to practice being intentional with my time and resources during a busy holiday season is to keep an attitude of appreciation.
I try to do this all year long but sometimes there are weeks that go by before I realize I haven’t written in my gratitude journal for days.
In an effort to keep gratitude and appreciation front and center this year, I thought I would share a few super simple ways to show appreciation this holiday season.
In the past, we’ve made a blessings wreath which is our own take on the popular trend of the blessings tree.
Each day every family member writes down something they’re thankful for on a pre-cut leaf.
Then they attach the leaf to a predetermined surface like a mirror, window, chalkboard, hutch, or frame. The wreath starts out with only one or two leaves and grows each day leading up to Thanksgiving.
But by the end of the month, the wreath has grown significantly and is filled with everything from unexpected blessings to special memories.
If you don’t have a place for a large wreath, consider adding leaves to your coffee bar or breakfast nook area!
DIY Grateful and Blessed Table Runner
We’ve also created a DIY Grateful and Blessed Table Runner as a simple way to show appreciation this holiday season.
For the entire month of November, we kept the brown kraft paper runner on the dining room table.
Each time someone came to visit and every night before going to bed we’d all write down one thing we were grateful for.
Then on Thanksgiving night, as we were gathered around the table we would read every entry.
It was such a special way to recall the events of the month and to also share in the celebration of the people that had come to visit during that time too.
Our DIY Appreciation branches have been one of my favorite ways to show appreciation this holiday season.
It was a project I originally created for Team Crowned Goat but have since shared a similar installation for my Mom’s milestone birthday as well.
Here’s what you need to know if you want to show appreciation to someone you care about this holiday too…
Appreciation Branches Supplies:
- Bundle of Branches or Place to Create a Display
- Bleach/water mixture
- Container for soaking branches (if you choose to use branches)
- Fishing line (if you’re bundling branches)
- Different colored or patterned scrapbook paper
- Single hole punch
- Markers or Ink Pen
Appreciation Branches Steps:
I gathered limbs from around our property, soaked them in a mixture of bleach and water, and dried them out in the sun for several days.
Any time you bring items from outside indoors you need to make extra sure they are completely free from pests.
Always use caution and care when deciding how much bleach to use and make sure to read the instructions on the bleach container as well.
Once the branches were completely dry, I bundled the twigs together and secured them with fishing line.
I hung the appreciation branches bundle from the hooks in the entry.
If you don’t have hooks like this in your entry don’t sweat it at all. You can use a tree, wreath, message board, or fall garland.
Just make sure whatever you choose to use is completely secure so it will hold the weight of the embellishments.
Next, use a leaf pattern of your choice.
I found this one at a local craft store for less than $1 and traced the pattern on several different sheets of heavy scrapbook paper.
Carefully cut the leaves out with scissors.
Keep in mind, scissors will be extremely sharp so use caution and care when cutting out each leaf.
You can do one leaf for each day of the month or one leaf for each day until Thanksgiving Day.
Next, write one thing that you like, love, or appreciate about the person (s) that will be enjoying your appreciation branch display.
Use a single hole punch to make a hole at the end of each leaf.
Thread pieces of jute in several different lengths through the hole on the end of the leaf
and secure leaves to the wood bundle or whatever you’re using to display your appreciation leaves on.
Displaying Your Simple Ways to Show Appreciation Branches
If possible, place the appreciation display in an area where participants will have easy access no matter what time of day you decide to share.
I personally love sharing the reasons I like, love, or appreciate someone in the morning in hopes they’ll have a good day all day.
Heartfelt words of affirmation are such an easy way to make someone feel special, loved, encouraged, and appreciated.
Truthfully, these simple ways to show appreciation this holiday season didn’t take very long to create at all save for the drying time for the branch bundle.
It’s something the entire family can enjoy and participate in together too.
So, let your kids say what they like, love, or appreciate about their siblings, parents, or caregivers.
It’s never too early to teach them the impact of positive and uplifting words!
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