A Tradition of Gratitude

The Thankful Tree provides a reminder of what really matters this time of year.
The Thankful Tree began in Carole Lehn’s household as a 6-foot-tall homemade paper and fabric tree.

In a day and age where we’re busier than ever, it’s sometimes hard to make time to reflect on the gifts we’re given. Woodbury resident and entrepreneur Carole Lehn had this in mind when she decided to share her “thankful tree” with the world last September. “Even though there are so many different versions of it out there to make, not everybody wants to create their own tree or cut out all of those leaves every year,” Lehn says.

The thankful tree pack comes with a laminated print of a painted tree, 100 leaf-shaped post-its, removable foam tape and a dry erase marker. Whether it’s chocolate or family, it’s a meaningful way for people to share what they’re thankful for.

Sheri Mello first introduced The Thankful Tree to her family last year at a holiday gathering, placing it on the table to be added to throughout the day. “What was fun about it was it got people to do something and say something,” Mello says. “Sometimes it’s a little intimidating to go around a table and verbally express what you’re thankful for, especially if you’re a kid. This way everyone felt comfortable in their own way to write what they wanted.”

Mello says The Thankful Tree will make an appearance at the table this year, and her two children have already been asking for it. Up next for Lehn? She’s in the planning stage for packs of new post-it shapes that families can use to express gratitude year-round.  

The Thankful Tree
$25; for more information visit the website here or search The Thankful Tree on Etsy, Pinterest and Amazon.  Woodbury residents can skip the shipping: Just select the “will-call” option on her website and pick up your tree at Carole’s home.