Hallelujah!! I am actually going to share some seasonal decorating before the day of the holiday! It’s a miracle.Let’s start at the front door with the wreath I shared with you at Halloween. Remember I said it would be easy to change out the pumpkins for darker colored gourds at Thanksgiving? Well…my Halloween wreath fell off the door a few days after Halloween. Have any of you had that problem with wreaths before? (I’m sure it was my wimpy wire hanging.)
So to lighten the load, I cut the pine branches off the garland that was previously wrapped around it and just inserted them into my old Christmas wreath, then added a few brown gourds, and tied it on with a dark brown satin ribbon. Now it really should be okay for changing out for Christmas…fingers crossed it doesn’t fall off the door again.
You’ll see the start of our holiday color scheme here – red and brown, and I believe this will roll on into Christmas decorating very easily.
There is a reason for the pecans in the jar (beside eating them.)
The house in which I grew up sat at the edge of a large pecan orchard. Every November, my family would pick up the pecans that fell from the trees, weigh and bag them, and take them to a place that weighed and bought them from us. My father would then pay my brother, sister, and me for the pounds that we had each picked up. (Waaay less than minimum wage I know!)Anyway, this was our “Christmas shopping money” that we used to purchase gifts for each other.
And every Thanksgiving Day, my father, brother, sister, and I would rake the leaves in our yard…the leaves that fell from those money-making pecan trees, while my mother would cook up the big meal in the kitchen. Some families watch football on Thanksgiving- our family raked leaves.
So I can’t help but think of pecans and leaves when I think of Thanksgiving.
Okay…where were we? Oh yes, decorating for the holiday.
I picked up a couple of chocolate brown pillows from the Pottery Barn outlet a couple of weeks ago, and mixed them in with the red ones on the family room sofa.
It has been so darn cold here, I had to take the photos while the fire was going in the fireplace. It gives the room a strange light.
Since I was using the pecans in the jar and arrangements of fall leaves in the foyer, I decided to go all out with nuts and leaves in the family room…hazelnuts in a jar on top of the cabinet…
leaves on the end table…
leaves on the mantel…
walnuts in the jar on the mantel…
and a bowl of mixed nuts on the game table.
Yes, I’ve gone nutty.
(Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.)
And now for the little giveaway. In this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a sweet treat with one of you super wonderful readers to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit here.(Well actually, I would like to share it with all of you, but I am afraid I can’t do that and have any Christmas shopping money left over.) I picked up this pumpkin loaf pan, pumpkin bread mix, and this jar of pecan pumpkin butter for you on my last trip to the Williams Sonoma outlet. (There’s a recipe using these ingredients in one of my old blog posts here.)
I’ll be doing a random drawing for them this weekend. If you would like to enter, just leave a comment on any post that publishes here between 11/18/2014 and 11/21/2014. The contest will close at midnight on 11/21/14, and I will announce the winner in the first post after 11/21/14. I hope that makes it easy for you to enter.
Good luck, and as always, I look forward to reading your comments!