In keeping with the general state of my existence, I'm already over a week behind on the adorable Thanksgiving gratitude projects I found last month. I stink at traditions. I try to create them, but I'm prone to remember that great Father's Day printable two weeks after the date, when the kids aren't interested anymore.
But what good are traditions if you stress about them? The holidays don't own you- YOU own THEM! Don't schedule your joy or expect it to look like a Pinterest pin. And don't bring out every piece of decor with a grimace, knowing you'll be packing up at the same time a huge thing at work is coming due (or you're traveling/shopping/cleaning/caroling). It will still be nice and cozy in that box next year when the timing is better, and you'll appreciate it more.
For example, observe our tree the year before the addition of Son Two:
Full pre-lit tree made it out of the attic and got the works. The next year?
Older kids would probably love picking out a personal journal, too.
This gratitude tree, once the branches are in place, can take up a frenetic thankful afternoon or be done over the course of a few days. It's harder to make into a keepsake but makes a sweet centerpiece. From Premeditated Leftovers: