Our Thanksgiving Tree.
It's a really simple idea - not one I can claim as my own, but a good one nonetheless: The Thanksgiving Tree. It's a place for each of our family members to stop at the end of the day and write down something we're thankful for. A lot of friends have been doing this publicly on Facebook, but we chose to make it a little more permanent by writing our "thanks" out on tags and hanging them from branches. I'm not particularly sentimental, but we will probably save the tags once they're all filled out to keep track of all the fun things Hugo is thankful for this year.
There are countless ways to create something like this - from scraps of paper tucked into a jar to any variation on creating an actual "tree" form. We chose to do something super-simple that didn't require us to buy a bunch of new materials to create. I had the pitcher/vase on hand already, the branches were picked from a bush in our yard and the tags were about $2 for a 20-pack from Michaels.
If you're not into the neutral look, you could add some color with leaves cut from construction paper, ribbons tied to the vase, or even by painting the branches a bright color. (Oooh, I like that idea.)
Does your family have any traditions like this one around the holiday season? I'd love to hear about how you express your thanks this time of year!