Our Thanksgiving Tradition: Counting our Blessings Turkey Decoration

I love Thanksgiving and all that it represents.  It is a day filled with love, family, food, GRATITUDE, and traditions.  It is a time to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

This beloved turkey has become a favorite Thanksgiving tradition in our house.  He returns each year around this time to remind us of how blessed we truly are.  This weekend my kids asked if we could take it out, and they were all really excited to help put it up.

Counting our Blessings Turkey

Each year we ask our Thanksgiving guests to fill out a feather and write what they are thankful for.  When we take it out each November, it fills our hearts with love and wonderful memories of past Thanksgivings and reminds us of how blessed our lives have been and all we have to be thankful for today.  Occasionally we are reminded of people or things that are no longer in our lives, but that just reminds us that nothing really belongs to us and we need to take nothing for granted.  Everything in our lives right now is a gift and blessing from God.  We need to focus on the present and try to recognize and appreciate all the gifts in our lives today and every day.

Although this is a fun way to involve my family in practicing gratitude at Thanksgiving, I think it’s important to try to live every day of our lives in a state of thanksgiving.  I believe that the attitude of gratitude always brings happiness.  When we learn to be content with what we have and learn to view every person, every thing, and every situation in life as a gift, we can’t help but be happy.

May you recognize and appreciate the gift of every person, every thing, and every experience you encounter today!  Peace and blessings!  🙂

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances;” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

To make the Turkey Decoration:

Supplies Needed:

  • Thin Cardboard, not corrugated (12″ wide x 12″ tall)
  • Construction paper or card stock (brown, red, yellow, and any additional colors you choose for the feathers)
  • Scissors
  • Turkey Feather Template
  • Turkey Parts Template
  • Google Eyes (optional)
  • Markers or crayons (optional)
  • Tape or Glue
  • Putty (for mounting to the wall)


  1. Using the 12″x12″ piece of cardboard, trim off the corners and shape into an approximate circle.
  2. Print out Turkey Parts Template.
  3. Color legs and snood red or trace onto red card stock and cut out.
  4. Color neck brown or trace onto brown card stock and cut out.
  5. Color beak yellow or trace onto yellow card stock and cut out.
  6. Using tape or glue, attach the neck to the body.
  7. Attach the legs to the body.
  8. Glue beak and snood onto the neck.
  9. Glue on googly eyes or cut out circles for eyes using cardstock or construction paper.
  10. Attach completed turkey to the wall using putty (this makes it easy to come off without damaging it, so you can reuse it year after year).
  11. Print out Turkey Feather Template.  Trace onto card stock or construction paper using your color of choice.
  12. Begin writing what you are thankful for, and add feathers to the wall as you complete them.
  13. After thanksgiving, store safely with your other decorations.  Take it out each year and let it fill your hearts with love and wonderful memories of past Thanksgivings.