I DO NOT shop on Thanksgiving, nope never will, heck I don't even go out on 'black Friday'. I take the time to hug my kiddo's and family that may have come from far away to be with us. I love on my nieces and thank God we are all happy and healthy.
My husbands family also reflects on their heritage. His family practically came over on the Mayflower they can trace their roots right back to a Captain serving under General George Washington. They even have a homestead still working today in Connecticut. My family is English, Scottish, Irish and German. We didn't come to America until the late 1800's and early 1900's but I still take time to honor them at Thanksgiving because were it not for their tenacity and bravery I wouldn't be who I am today or where I am today.
So take the time next week to be Thankful for those who came before you, those who serve to protect us and our way of life and those around you.
Today I'm sharing my home decorated for this time of the year. NO I don't decorate for Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving. I do things in real-time here. Not a Christmas tree up yet at my house... though I do admit to playing Christmas music on the radio this week and I have done a Christmas craft.
So I've taken down ALL of Halloween and put up different things for Thanksgiving inside and out. There are a lot of pictures so grab a cup of tea or whatever your beverage preference is and lets get started!
Lets start outside.
Once you come inside I even decorate the back of my front door. My Mom sent me this a few years back along with all the Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentines and even St. Patrick's Day ones she had. This is one of those melted plastic things from the 70's. LOVE!
Once inside you can see my fireplace and mantle.
At Halloween I had brought in 2 long tree branches. I kept them for Thanksgiving and decided to drape a few faux garlands off them.
This is the first on and it was here that I decided to drape them so they would hang off one end of the mantle.
So I added 3 more.
Next I added some lanterns and a finial as well as an orb for the mantle itself. Then I found this cloth banner at Kirkland's on sale for $5.00 and snatched it up quickly! I hung it off center and DONE!
I love the look of it this year. I got the 'Give Thanks' sign at Sam's Club 2 years ago but you could easily make it. It is reversible and the other side reads 'Welcome'. You can hang it horizontally or vertically so it is really versatile.
Now on to the buffet. I've left it in the 'living room' area (my living/dining is one large L shaped space) for now. At Christmas the tree will go there so it will move into the 'dining room area' then.
I added a tall lamp, some art, a finial, a fox and a Fleur de Lis. It looks great with the lamp on.
If you were here last week you saw my table and I showed you step by step how to get the look yourself.
Right now in Colorado it is snowing and we are under blizzard conditions. The wind is blowing the snow so hard I can't even see the houses across the street so I had to remove all my outdoor décor and couldn't show it all lit up with the lanterns and such... maybe next week. I bet my house looks like a beacon in the wintery weather it is so warm and cozy against the blowing wind that is howling against the windows making them rattle every now and then. My hubby has built a fire in the fireplace and I'm toasty warm and enjoying my Thanksgiving décor.
I will be back next week to share my first Christmas craft in the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please take the time to hug and love on your family and friends.
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