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 a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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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