No Tanks

Howdy friends! My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is quickly approaching us…T-minus 6 days. I love this holiday because there is no giving of material gifts, only humbled hearts coming together over a full table spread of deliciousness to give thanks for our many blessings. Beginning with thanks to our merciful Savior. Glory, hallelujah. It can’t get much better than that!

The bummer about this holiday is that it gets overshadowed by Christmas, which makes it very difficult to decorate for. The department stores go straight from Halloween to Christmas decor.

The Thanksgiving pickings are definitely slim. My BFF bought this banner from Target and this is what she got. Her family is giving “tanks” this year. Ha!


Since proper Thanksgiving decor is at a minimal for purchase, I found this very simplistic setup over at The TomKat Studio. I’m in love with it, minus the brown satin ribbon.


 She has all the print-outs available here.  Literally, everything you will need to have the perfect Thanksgiving setup. She even has labels for your guests’ leftovers. She’s definitely my kind of girl!

Instead of two acorns, I picked up two burlap squirrels from Kohl’s. All the glass and windows in my house wouldn’t stand a chance with those nuts.


They make me happy. Plus, my nickname for Evan is “Squirrel”. I couldn’t resist.

Another simple, but festive idea, is using gold spray paint. Man oh man, do I love paint! I’m actually kind of dangerous with it; I’ve been told my spraying goes overboard.


Here’s a cute idea. Cut the bottom off of pine cones and use them as name cards.


I saw this exact table runner at TJMAXX. Beautiful!

The decorating is all fun and glamorous, but being the true nerd I am, I can’t help but take you back to the first Thanksgiving held in November 1621.


It all started in September 1620 when a small vessel, named The Mayflower, left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers. Their journey lasted over 60 days searching for the New World in hopes to begin a new life of religious freedom and desires to become land owners. After a treacherous crossing, they finally landed at the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where they began establishing a village at Plymouth.

The first winter was excruciating on the Pilgrims, nearly half of them died from malnutrition, scurvy, and other illnesses. In March 1621, the Pilgrims were visited from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto. Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, fish, and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers form an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited the Native Americans. This celebration lasted three days and is now remembered as America’s “first Thanksgiving”.

Happy Thanksgiving planning!


Your friend,

The Decorating Historian


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