For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Big Day is finally upon us. Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of all time. Usually I look forward to it with unbridled anticipation…decorating weeks in advance…trying new recipes to find “the one” that is going to knock everyone’s socks off, cooking, cleaning, fluffing. You know. You probably do it too. But this year I am finding myself feeling…a little bit sad. And no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to shake this feeling. Instead of my usual routine, I have been busy sorting and packing. No decorations have been put out, no recipes have been tested, nothing has been fluffed. And it seems that Thanksgiving arrived so quickly, I barely had time to make plans (the kids and I are going to my sister’s), before it was already here.

So, in an effort to get myself into the holiday spirit (have I mentioned that I love Thanksgiving?)I have decided to spend my day thinking about the things that I am grateful for. I have started my list and will be adding to it throughout the day, while I do my chores. Then, tonight, I’ll gather the kids and snuggle up under the down comforter, and I will read them my list. I think seeing it on paper, and hearing it outloud, will really help (us all) remember the reason for the season.

In the meantime, I have been looking at pictures (from the Better Homes and Gardens website…you should visit!), and trying to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. I think it’s working!

Here are some pictures reminiscent of the “traditional” colors of Thanksgiving…

Warm reds, yellows, oranges and creamy browns. These are my personal favorite Fall colors, as my living and dining rooms are decorated in a Tuscan farmhouse style, which lends itself to this color palette. Remind me to get some pictures posted…I keep forgetting to do that…

Wouldn’t these things make for some great decor, sprinkled throughout the house? (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

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If I wanted a more nuetral color palette, I would lean towards something like this…

Lots of creamy white with festive pops of color.

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For a more natural, earthy feel…

I would incorporate sagey greens, natural linens and soft browns; warmer earthy tones.

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I never would have thought to use bluey-green (teal?) for a Thanksgiving accent color….

But then I saw these pictures, and I think it looks great! A nice departure from the expected…

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And for those of you who like their Thanksgiving decor a bit brighter…

Try adding purple to a white and bright yellow color scheme.

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Wherever you find yourself on Thanksgiving, I hope your day is filled with good food, good company, and great times….

I will be counting my blessings…

Happy Thanksgiving,

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