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, 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.
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).
In my library, I did something similar, mixing a Christmas garland with autumnal elements. I had to add a little fall owl (on the mantle) to all my Halloween crows still flying about the room.
Left the glass pumpkin lights up here too
In my kitchen, I simply left up all the little pumpkin and gourds I put up in late September. A little reminder of the harvest.
I hope all of you have a relaxing Thanksgiving, a little respite before the Christmas rush. Isn't it so wonderful to have that long weekend to just relax with our loved ones? I love the excuse to think of all that I have been blessed with 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 messes with my relaxation, gratitude vibe too much, and I have all December for that!
(Not sure when I'll be able to post again. I'm taking back my iPad today, which I just bought last month, to exchange for the new model, however, they do not know when the new model (with verizon) will be in! So, I'll be without it for a week or two. I use my iPad to edit my all of my photos and write my blog. Hopefully, it won't be too long! Or else, I'll just have to steal my husband's iPad for a bit!)