Thursday, November 5, 2009

Holiday Decorating

I love to decorate for holidays. Especially Christmas. Love, love, love it. And based on what I'm reading around blogland right now, I'd say that most of you share my enjoyment.

It seems to me that we all decorate in a cool, relaxed way for summer, then really get back into feathering our nests when fall arrives. Halloween, hello! We enjoy pulling out the pumpkins and all the other paraphernalia that welcomes autumn. And then, after we've eaten the toasted pumpkin seeds, we are ready to rock and roll on into Christmas.

And yet, there's another holiday in there that we all love. As much as I adore Christmas decorating, I'm trying to reserve these few weeks to keep my house decorated for this month's holiday. What I do is simple--I just tweak my autumn decorations by removing the jack-o-lanterns and bringing in a few special Thanksgiving pieces.

For instance, my dining room table now holds our cornucopia. Still using my burlap runner and homemade sconces.

Filling the cornucopia is always fun for me. I found this beautiful horn way back in 1991, when my oldest son was just 10 weeks old. I've loved using it ever since. Its look has changed over the years. When I bought it, it was peach-colored papier mache', which was really something 18 years ago. Not so much today. Its current finish was achieved with espresso spray paint topped with a feather-light dusting of gold; I think I like it. Some of the cornucopia contents are special to me and I pack them up each year: a sheaf of wheat from my mother's native Kansas; a boll of cotton from my father's native Tennessee; buckeyes that my son and I collected on a nature walk 'way back when we lived in Hillsdale, Michigan. Sweet memories.

The table on my porch traded its candy corn hurricanes

for a warmer look: a table runner and a fun lantern.

Actually, the "runner" is just a piece of fabric folded to look like a runner. And here's a closer look at the lantern:

I found it on clearance at Target last year for $9.

The move away from candy corn is actually a very good one for me. I am crazy about candy corn. I mean, certifiably nuts about it. But since August I've had one root canal and two porcelain crowns installed in my mouth. I think my tummy likes candy corn more than my teeth do. It was time for it to go.

In the breakfast room, my dough cabinet is one of my favorite spots for seasonal decorating. I just removed the jack-o-lanterns from my pumpkin collection and added a couple of terra cotta pilgrims and some "Give Thanks" blocks.

These simple changes took just a few minutes of time, but they help me to stay focused on November rather than rushing ahead to December. And since November is the time set aside for giving thanks, it's a good place for me to stay focused.

What about you? Do you decorate for Thanksgiving, or do you like to go ahead and get started on Christmas decorating?

Linked to "Show and Tell Friday" at My Romantic Home


Red Writing said...

I agree that these weeks are best savored as Fall weeks and Thanksgiving being brought to the forefront. I guess I have never made much effort to build my Thanksgiving decor collection so it is easier to start pulling out all the Christmas stuff. I am trying to wait until after Thanksgiving this year though.

Your home looks beautiful-very warm and inviting. I LOVE your porch and table.

Carmen said...

Thanks for posting this. I am in the same mindset. I like to enjoy November and keep fall decor out until Thanksgiving. I had to zoom in on you cornucopia because I have one I purchased at thrift store that's kind of wicker-like that I need to paint. Yours looks so pretty.

Marla (Always Nesting) said...

ITA to enjoy November before we head into December. We have so many things to be thankful for.

southerninspiration said...

I'm with you; I hate for thanksgiving to get overlooked. Looks so, so pretty!


Kelli said...

I'm hangin' on to autumn as long as possible! Your tables are so lovely!!!

southerninspiration said...

Richella, you are always so gracious in your comments on my blog. I actually had two crosses; don't know which one you were eyeing, but one is still available...the one with the red ceramic inset. It's called the bountiful cross and it is $18. Thanks again for your kind words.


Dawn said...

i am like you!! (go figure!) i really can't imagine getting out my Christmas stuff yet! i have mostly fall stuff... using the jack-o-lanterns for halloween and replacing it with thanksgiving tidbits. my favorites? my dessert plates that hand on the wall and my stuffed hallmark turkey!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything looks just gorgeous. I love all of the pretty decorations and the hoosier cabinet is stunning. What a neat piece. Hugs, Marty

Janean said...

your porch is wonnnnderful! your home is warm and inviting.

Shannon said...

I love your screened porch. Your home is definitely cozy and inviting! Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

I love it all! I'm in love with your dining room table arrangement. I NEED a cornucopia!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty! You did a great job. I sure do like that porch.

Claudia said...

I love the cornucopia - so perfect for this time of year. And I LOVE your dough cabinet!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Richella, I have you beat on the crowns! I've had 5 crowns down since July! I'm sick of the dentist!

I love the cornucopia! I love that rich color, it looks so great in your dining room. Love your porch too!


nannykim said...

Nice touches. I love the porch area. I also had to laugh at the buckeyes --one year my hubby thought they were chestnuts and was going to try eating them. I told him we better check first and a good thing we did as buckeyes are poisonous

Leann said...

I love your cornucopia! I just got out ours tonight and was deciding what to fill it with. Yours looks fab!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Lovely changes, and I agree, it's good to keep the season going before Christmas.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It all looks so beautiful! Your dining room is stunning! That was such a great idea to paint that horn! I remember when peach was so "in" in the early 90s. Everything was peach and green back then!

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