Annie's "Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas" Page
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
~1 Thessalonians 5:18~
Here are just a few ideas that came to my mind to share with you. Remember when we decorate there are really no RULES. Do what makes YOU happy and helps to put you in a THANKFUL mood. Now whether you live by yourself or in a large extended family remember that the decorations are not just for the kids. There is such beauty in the things that the Lord has created. So bring some of the natural designs from outside into your decorating.
You might want to remember Thanksgivings from years gone by. Maybe thinking about how you celebrated Thanksgiving when you were a child. This will hopefully bring back good memories for you. If the memories are not pleasant don't worry we will make some new memories and traditions for you. We'll try to make you smile just a little.
Whether you have "planned" for company or not, the decorations can be enjoyed by everyone. When you do the decorating by yourself you feel the satisfaction of seeing what you were able to accomplish. But when you do the decorating with a loved who is a child or your friend it can be a "special time", and a celebration all in itself.
You can buy some really cute
small Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins at the grocery
store. They were 3 for $1.99 at the local grocery store.
They will make a lovely centerpiece. Or
you can put them in decorative baskets and place them in
the entry way, living room or even the powder room.
Scent, color, texture are all important and help us know how to decorate. Simple is almost always best. In Interior decorating or design the most important elements are style, form, color and light, scale, and pattern and texture. These will help in how we decorate for the holidays too. You may choose to have a THEME or FOCUS for each years Thanksgiving holiday. The theme for my pages is "Make Faith Your Focus this Year". But of course you are only limited by your own imagination.
Why not have some family fun
time before you sit down to have your feast. If you
live in the North why not take a nature walk and gather
the leaves you will need together. And if the leaves are
all gone how about some pine cones or acorns.
Let the children help you to decide on some different ideas for the decorating. You may want to think about some special activities to do as a family. How about taking a family picture each year? Make the dress code for dinner semi formal or dress casual. No jeans this year. Now don't get me wrong, I love my sweats and jeans but these are only ideas.
You could also ask everyone to write out their favorite Bible Verse and then have each on read them before you say grace.
Why not make a small
vignette with your Thanksgiving
Don't over do it.
You can make some turkey
crafts too. I have a Turkey Beanie Baby that is on
top of a wooden basket with miniature corn and
gourds. Pilgrim candles or stuffed ones are cute
They can be placed on the
table early if you don't use the table where you will be
serving Thanksgiving dinner. Actually the evening
Napkin folding is almost a
lost art. If you don't know
how to fold napkins you can visit your local library
for some help. Napkin rings are a nice touch to any
table. Why not let the kids make some special
napkin rings. You can take an empty roll of paper
towels. Cut them about an inch or two
wide. Then tape or glue colored wrapping paper or
construction paper over them. You might want to glue one
or two small fall items on them. The children will
enjoy making these decorations for you. They can
also make a special placemat out of a piece of
construction paper and crayons. Instead of or in
addition to "bought" Thanksgiving cards you
might try to use that Greeting Card Software that you
bought. My mother loves the way you can put her
name right on the front of the card and add Bible verses
to them. On my "Annie's Kids
Thanksgiving Page" has some coloring sheets that you
can print out and have for the children to color either
ahead of time or for a Thanksgiving
How about putting some "PRAISE" or Piano music on instead of the TV? Well just until the Football game is on.
Don't forget the Macy's
There are many more opportunities to make this Thanksgiving a Special Family Event. You don't have to have company to celebrate. Start making family traditions and memories this year.
~Written by Annie 1998~
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