Thanksgiving Countdown

 Let’s cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude! 

Be prepared to have a Thankful Thanksgiving this year as each day you show gratitude for something in your life!

This was my most popular post of Thanksgiving in 2009. Its worth introducing to those who haven’t seen it and worth revisiting for those who loved it the first time around! It is simple, cute and something my family really enjoyed doing together.

1. Cut out each of the thankful countdown ideas below, fold them in half and place all strips in a jar.
2. Every day draw out one strip and do the activity that it says.
The above ideas were originally created by Valerie Lee.
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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Mark and Elaine says:


  2. I love this idea. I wanted a few different ideas to focus on being thankful & this will be one of them! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. annie2006 says:

    i love this idea – we dont have thanksgiving here in england, but my children could definitely do with a dose of gratitude!
    we will be trying this out :)

  4. Jenglamgirl says:

    how sweet, I love it! I even have a cute jar that would work for this! Thanks! P.S. I am thankful you shared this w/ us!

  5. happy mama says:

    What a great idea ~ thanks for the post!

  6. I did something similar to this. I just posted pics on my crafting blog – check it out!

  7. Aiming4Simple says:

    Thanksgiving often seems in danger of being swept aside as a holiday. This idea will help us focus on what it's all about. So thanks for sharing it!

  8. Sisters' Stuff says:

    I saw your picture of the jar yesterday and today it was gone. Have you been having a problem with this? We have and don't know how to fix it! Help us if you can. P.S. I love this idea! So cute and clever.

  9. I love this idea! What a fun way to get into the spirit of the season with little kids! I may just copy this one!

  10. We definately need this in our home! Thanks for the great idea!

  11. Andy Porter says:

    That is such a perfect way to enjoy the season by doing nice things everyday. My kids would love the chance to pick on out. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. This is such a great idea. I'm going to make this with my kids tonight. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Christopher & Kayleigh says:

    This is such a great idea! I went out and got the supplies needed right away and made my own for me and my husband :)

  14. Christopher & Kayleigh says:

    This is such a great idea! I went out and got the supplies needed right away and made my own for me and my husband :)

  15. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    We used these ideas in our advent calendar – my kids love it!

  16. Smelling Coffee says:

    This is a fabulous idea~! I'm starting this with our family tonight. :)


  17. What a cute idea!

  18. I said last year this was a great idea and I still love it. We're doing it again this year. I helped the young girls at church make a jar for their families and they've loved it because of how it's geared towards kids. Such a great idea. Thanks!

  19. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    This is fantastic – thanks!

  20. I love this idea! I can't wait to start the countdown with my kids!

  21. This is wonderful. Thank you to you and to Valerie for sharing :)

  22. What a great idea! A beautiful display, and great reminders.

  23. Lolly Jane says:

    this is too funny. a girl in my ward had me cut this vinyl for her and now that i see it was YOUR project i have to laugh. of course it was yours, you cute thing! (: kelli

  24. I can’t get the pictures on this post to enlarge. Can you make it available as a download?

  25. Love this idea-I’m going to add it to our morning devotional

  26. Love this idea and thank YOU for sharing! Posted about this on my Thank You Note Project FB page!

  27. This is wonderful. I love that we can make our own paper our re-use your ideas. Last year I remember on Facebook people doing a daily “I’m thankful” wall post every day in November. I loved it. I have seen Thanksgiving advent calendars. They are cute, but our girls get enough candy. This is just wonderful. I cannot wait to share it on Pinterest. :-) Thanks for re-posting!

  28. Thanks for sharing this…time to print it out and start using it! :o)

  29. Great post! I am fairly new to blogging and just found your blog & became your follower. I am thankful for blogging :)

  30. I was looking for a way to step up our Gratitude tree and this is exactly what I had in mind. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who missed it the first time around!

  31. I love this I am printing this off and starting it tomorrow!

  32. Thanks for reposting this! What a fun idea. I’m totally going to do this with my little girls this year.

  33. Stephanie! Thank you for letting me use some of your material! I had fun creating this Thanksgiving Countdown! Here’s a link to visit my page:

  34. Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted says:

    Love love love!! I’m sharing this in a 5 for Friday roundup of Thanksgiving Countdowns on my blog tomorrow, with one pic and a link back to this post. Thanks for the great ideas!!