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?
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?
The photo didn’t run. But the article is amazing!
I was recently contacted by Sheila of StylishHome.com for an interview. I had no idea when I responded that such a lovely article would run in my local (albeit the online version) paper. We’re crossing our fingers that it will also run in the hardcopy later, but I have to say, either way I was really pleased with the outcome. I think Sheila did an amazing job translating my answers into an interesting article—and I was personally overjoyed with the title. I am a mom, foremost. And part of what I love about Mireio, is that it allows me to live into my calling as a mom. So, a very big thank you to StylishHome and all of you who have been so supportive of my adventures with Mireio.
For those of you who don’t know SylishHome, it’s a terrific resource for home decor and decorating ideas. You can even log in and keep track of your decorating ideas–and they feature handmade artists as well. I hope you’ll take a look!