Giving Thanks


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Some people consider the holiday season from Thanksgiving until New Years to be the most wonderful time of the year, while others think of it as a period of stress and are overwhelmed by the decorating, entertaining, house guests and these days – deadlines.  Although no one can grant the gift of extra time, I can offer some suggestions on how to celebrate more simply and be more relaxed – helping you enjoy your winter holidays!

I’ll focus on Thanksgiving in this post – since it’s right around the corner! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but I think the commercialism can often diminish the meaning of the day, and can increase the stressful expectation and details.  So go back to our roots and stick with simplicity – a memorable and delicious meal with the people in your life you are most thankful for.
Here are some tips on creating a beautiful and hopefully stress-free Thanksgiving, whether you’re hosting or a guest.

  • Use nature for decoration inspiration – apples, squash and gourds are great seasonal pieces – display them on an entry table or mantle with some tea candles safely inserted to set the mood! You can also put candles in a tall glass container.
  • Hallowed out pumpkins with a battery-operated candle inside are not just for Halloween! Include them in your display as well.
  • For your table, keep it simple with a white or natural-colored cloth.  For a punch of color, used jeweled tone napkins like gold of emerald green.  For a centerpiece, let nature guide you again.  Wash and dry some purple plums, figs, lady apples and champagne grapes to display in a glass bowl.  Encourage guests to nibble at the centerpiece!
  • If you’re a guest, make sure a gift doesn’t add last minute stress for your host! If you’re bringing food, arrive with it prepared to be served, or bring your own serving piece to arrange the food when you arrive.  If you’re bringing flowers, have them all ready in a vase or container.
  • Put your guests on the spot – have everyone share one thing they are thankful for.  It will make for thoughtful conversation and reinforce the basic principle of Thanksgiving.

Plan ahead, keep it simple, count your blessings and include others in your good fortune – that’s my Thanksgiving advice.  Enjoy this wonderful holiday!

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