11.07.2012

A Little Thanksgiving

As I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate Thanksgiving more and more. Not so much the food, I'm actually not a big fan of Thanksgiving food, but of the message of gratitude the holiday brings. It's a sweet, quiet, little holiday sandwiched between the behemoths of Halloween and Christmas. It celebrates the harvest and autumn, and I adore anything to do with autumn.

So, this is why I decorate for Thanksgiving.  I don't go overboard, like I do for Halloween and Christmas, though.

My living room mantle

Just a little something to be a bit festive.


Thanksgiving is that transitional time, the end of autumn mixing with winter. That is why for the past few years, I have pulled out my Christmas garland and added autumnal elements to give it a taste of both seasons. This year, I kept up the glass pumpkin lights I already had on the mantle for Halloween and weaved it through the garland.  I added a real pumpkin, fake autumn fruit, and silk fall leaves.  I also hung my banner that reads THANKFUL in sparkly gold letters (made by my beautiful friend, Emily).

I hope all of you have a relaxing Thanksgiving, a little respite before the Christmas rush. I love the excuse to think of the abundance we have and get that warm, fuzzy feeling. Something I should do more often, honestly. I, for one, will not be joining the black friday crowds.  It harshes my gratitude and relaxation vibe too much, and I have all December for that!



22 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful! I think this sort of transitional time between the spooky festiveness of autumn and the wintery festiveness of Christmas is good. It makes us have a little anticipation for things to come. This year I incorporated old vintage photos in my decor to observe All Saints Day. I like the old timey touch!

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  2. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday! ! Love your decorations- they're wonderful. Love the idea to put fall touches into your Christmas garland. Hope you get that iPad- I'll miss your posts. :)
    Btw- love that cartoon!!

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  3. You have a beautiful home. Thanks for the Thanksgiving glimpse into it.

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  4. I love the sneak peeks into your house. It looks so cozy and festive. :)

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  5. Gorgeous as always my friend!!

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  6. So pretty! I like Thanksgiving decorations too and the idea of decorating around the harvest. I like your owl!
    I totally agree with that ecard about Black Friday. I was planning on posting that on my blog this month too.

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  7. I do envy you - here in the UK we don't tend to dress the house up seasonally, only at Christmas.

    I love the 'bunting' strung across the fireplace!

    Looking at these lovely pictures, I think tomorrow I will have to start putting some Autumn colours back into my house......!

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  8. Heather - You always know how to do old-timey well! I love your late fall decor!

    Pattianne - Thank you! Looks like I'm getting a macbook this weekend, so I won't have to wait until my new ipad is ready.

    Julie - Thank you!

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  9. Heather - Thank you, friend! You're welcome to come stay in it if you like. :)

    Julie - Thanks! Doesn't your beautiful painting look awesome in my kitchen?! I love her!

    Donna - Thank you! I knew you'd like the owl. ;)

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  10. Sue - Yes, it seems we Americans are good at overdoing everything, huh? :) I'd love to see what you do at Christmas!

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  11. Oh! And of course, Julie, your girl above the mantle in my library too! Love her there! :)

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  12. I love it! So festive. I missed Halloween while in Australia and returned to temps in the high 90s so I don't feel like it's Fall yet :(

    I'll go look at all of your posts that I missed to get me in the spirit!!

    Hope you get the new iPad soon!

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  13. The decorations are awesome! That's OK if you don't like Thanksgiving food; you can change the menu, that will not change the tradition but it will change your taste for the season Alyson!

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  14. Your house is ADORABLE! I love the colors and the beams - so cozy & quaint. Although we live in England, we definitely still celebrate Thanksgiving - one of my favorite holidays because if its simplicity.

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  15. Hi Alyson, I happened to come across your blog and love your writing and photos (and what a gorgeous house!). I'll be checking back to see what else you're up to!

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  16. You could work professionally as an interior decorator. I know you enjoy writing too but have you considered that other career?

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  17. I can't wait to see what you do for Christmas! As usual, your decorations make me want to get creative in my home! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  18. I just found you from Nantucket State of Mind. I love your blog! I live in MA but my husband and I take our girls to New Hampshire every summer. We love it there.

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  19. That's a lovely post and I really like your take on the decorations mixing the seasons. We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but I think there's something nice about having one day in the year dedicated to be thankful for what we have. The last picture made me giggle though :-) have a great week.

    PS: Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it.

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  20. Leeann - Thanks for all your sweet comments! I ended up buying a new macbook to use while I'm waiting for my iPad. I was planning on getting one soon anyway. :)

    A - Thank you! I always love your comments! I think I will change the menu up this year. My husband is allergic to turkey anyway, so I guess we weren't meant to be traditional.

    HH UK - Thanks so much! I love this old house! Glad you are carrying on your American traditions while abroad. It brings a sense of familiar to unfamiliar surroundings. Enjoy!

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  21. Paigenicholl - Thank you so very much! I'll visit your site as well!

    Sarah - Thanks for that compliment! I have thought about that as a possibility for my future. I really love making my surroundings beautiful. I live with an anxiety disorder, and the more I can suit my surroundings to be something I find calming and beautiful, the better I feel.

    Meghan - Thank you! I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend. I've got some ideas rolling around in my head. :)

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  22. Kerri - Thank you! And thank you for visiting! We live in southern NH, so we enjoy both our state and Mass quite a lot. New England is amazing!!

    Mademoiselle - Thanks so much for the compliment! It is such a nice holiday. It really turns my mind to the things I have to be grateful for.

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