Friday’s Pin: Thanksgiving is a Season


Elle Moss Photography via Pinterest. You can find her work on Etsy.

Search “Thanksgiving Decor” on Pinterest and you’ll find pin after pin of tablescapes. Usually elaborate, often featuring fruit and flora not easily found in your regular grocery store. There is a subtle message here: you decorate for the day, for the event. Maybe you put out a few guest towels and spruce up the linens on the bed if you’re expecting guests for the holidays. But, do you really decorate?

I don’t.

Recently in Goodwill hunting for vintage zippers, I couldn’t help but notice: I’m not alone. If donations are any indications, folks out there celebrate Halloween and Christmas; because Thanksgiving decorations were completely absent.

When I dig through our 23 years of assorted holiday decorations I realize the pattern holds. We have boxes of Halloween items: though most of those have seen their better days! A decent collection of Christmas things (although, Halloween STILL out ranks it, if you don’t count Christmas ornaments!) and a measly assortment of old paper crafts our son did years ago for Thanksgiving. Oh, and 3 colored corn cobs strung together with a bit of silk ribbon. 

It’s really pretty ribbon, does that count?

This is pathetic. And I tell myself this every year. I say, “SELF. You love Thanksgiving. It’s not just a day, it’s a SEASON!” And I promise myself that I will decorate. Make seasonal bunting for the porch. Scatter some gourds and leaves about. Think nice thought and write thankfulness notes up on the Note board in the Kitchen.

I’d like to blame the stores for this. Lord knows, I don’t merchandise Mireio for Thanksgiving. It’s hard to think autumn leaves and earthy tones when the glitz and glitter of December is. just. so. close. 

But, that’s not exactly taking responsibility for my actions. It’s not as if decor is all that important. But I’m convinced that creating an environment where Thanksgiving is a season (not just a landing spot between Halloween and Christmas) I’m creating room in my heart to be more thankful as well — pillows and bunting are pretty, but they also serve as a visual reminder to be thankful for all the blessings in my life.

It’s a thought. So, I’m using pinterest to get inspired. I’m going to work on being Thankful on the inside and the OUTSIDE. How about you? Do you have any special decorating ideas for this Season of Thanksgiving? 


4 Responses to Friday’s Pin: Thanksgiving is a Season

  • HG says:

    I tend to use quite a bit of “seasonal” decor in my Halloween decorating (which begins in September!) so I just transition. Out with the spooky stuff, stable with the autumnal, and now I’m trying to find some objects that will transition to Christmas. I’m thinking sparkly fruit in my apocothary jars. I went looking for faux leaves yesterday and came up empty though — the Michael’s was completely shifted to Christmas).

    • Wende says:

      Good ideas! It’s surprisingly “Christmas” here… there’s almost no Thanksgiving decor anywhere. I vaguely recall seeing some stuff the first week of October. I clearly missed my window!

  • So nice to hear someone talking about this. As much as I love Christmas and all it’s trappings, I won’t actually put any decorations up here until after Thanksgiving. I have wanted for years to make some decorations just for November, but between the end of October blitz (two birthdays, Halloween and dia de los Muertos), I’m usually fried for a couple of weeks and then I start to get nervous about getting gifts finished for Christmas and somehow every year the Thanksgiving decor gets skipped. You’ve inspired me to maybe change that pattern this year! ~Angela~

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