The Stuff of Life

The Thanksgiving Tree


In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Austrian-American Author and Benedictine Monk

In an effort to remind my children (and myself) of all that we have to be thankful for, our family started putting up a Thanksgiving tree each year. It’s really just a few twigs in a mason jar that we hang little “thankful” ornaments on, but it has been a good exercise to do with the kids; especially when we are coming up on the season of giving and receiving in excess of all that we need or even want!

I’ve posted several photos from our tree for you to enjoy. You know what I think the coolest thing is? A good percentage of the things they are thankful for are people in their lives.  The people we love are so much more important than the stuff we have. Not that we’re not thankful for our stuff too. I’m kind of in love with my Kindle and there have been many a day that video games have helped me keep my sanity.

Enjoy a partial list from our thanksgiving tree (in no particular order.)


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

2 thoughts on “The Thanksgiving Tree

  1. How cool Kim! And what a great reminder for me to and all of us! I am blessed 🙂 thanks much Kim 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Thanks Marilyn! I especially loved Lewis’ drawings this year.

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