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Autumn/Thanksgiving: Decor, Food, Events, Plans, Problems, Stories.

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I have been waiting (and waiting) for a discussion to pop up on this this time of the year. I love it, going a bit overboard with holiday feelings. These last three+ months of the year are sheer joy for me.

Do you love it like I do? Are you more than ready for it after the last two seasons were badly affected by Covid? Are you still taking precautions? Have you decorated? Show us with plenty of pictures! Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu, or if you are in Canada, what did you do for Thanksgiving? Will you share it with us? What is traditional with you?

Do you buy pumpkins or put out faux ones? Do you decorate the outside? The inside? Do you add seasonal fall decor to your usual look or do you exchange items so as not to overwhelm your space? Do you have pets who like to mess with these "new" objects? What do you use and where do you use it? Does your whole house get decorated or do you put out only minimal decorations in a single room? What kinds of things do you like? What do you stay away from?

What is your family or friends gathering like, or what was it like? Are there issues or problems you will or did grapple with? Were there any kitchen disasters? Are rising prices making you re-think what you will serve? Will it be a small gathering or are you part of a large one? If it's at your house, do you clean madly or just shrug and say "if it's clean enough for me, it's clean enough for my guests?" Do any guests stay overnight? Any funny or frustrating stories there? Any questions or issues we can help you with?

Is it an exhausting holiday for you? Do you participate in the mad shopping sales that weekend? Or do you wait a day or more to change over from autumn decor to holiday (winter or Christmas) decor? How do you put autumn/Thanksgiving decor away? Do you pack it all away in labeled boxes or kind of toss it into bags or old boxes and in the garage or the attic?

Please . . . tell us all! We are ready, we're asking, and we really want to know. Shower us with pictures, stories, annoyances, menus, recipes.

Now, for me, I live alone (with three cats) but I am so crazy about this time of the year. It takes an enormous amount of effort to make myself wait until October 1 to bring out the autumn decorations. I do not like Halloween so I don't have anything for that. I love pumpkins so I have about 15 faux ones (glass, ceramic, mercury glass, copper, resin, fabric, velvet, paper and more) from large ones that work on the floor to fingernail-sized wool ones. I often add real ones in white, pink, and green, especially if they are "flawed" with bumps and such. The top of my living room open bookcase/display case mostly empty on top, gets covered in a faux autumn leaf garlands and pumpkins. So does the top of the smaller bookcases in the alcove reading/meditation area of the den. I also have a couple of vintage Thanksgiving postcards that are framed and set among the pumpkins. A couple of pumpkins are in the bedroom on the dresser. And inside my oversized vintage hand-painted Italian coffee table, in the bottom level, the drawer, is the dried wheat that I could barely keep away from the cats while deciding where to put it.

As I have gotten older my menu has gotten easier. No more of the massive meal especially as the guest list has shrunk. This year, I bought the turkey breast from Trader Joe's that is cooked and just needs heating. I made my tart cranberry sauce, will make gravy and stuffing and will buy some nice green beans, buy a couple of TJ's pre-made salads to throw into a bowl and add a homemade dressing plus, of course, a pumpkin pie.

I do not shop but I take down the autumn/Thanksgiving decorations and lovingly put them away and store them neatly in the shed. In addition, since Friday still "belongs" to Thanksgiving for me I spend time quietly that day: a walk, meditation, playing with the cats, maybe browse a few home websites. It's the end of the first part of my favorite three month seasonal joy so I savor what I had and a bit of what's to come.

Tell me ALL about yours!

Comments (13)

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    Okay . Yes I live in Canada , we have usually a large group for thanksgiving I do little in the way of inside decor but do put real pumkins in my planters along our walkway to the front door. It kind of does Thanksgiving and Halloween. I am not a huge lover of tons of decor for seasons . I do like a bit more for Christmas , a tree some other decor on the FP and tons of pointsettas on my hearth we have ahuge FP. I love my tree and do a different color combo every year. I do a sall amount of decor outside in those same planters and we have on by the backdoor that I do aslo . Mini LEDs all along the roof of the house all white and some reindeer on the deck facing the street

    Aphaea thanked Patricia Colwell Consulting
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    I have young children, so my dining room has become an art room most days. I don’t decorate with as many “grown up” decorations any more. But the kids convinced me to get colorful outdoor lights. They are so excited for every holiday and that’s better than the perfect decorations or menu❤️

    Aphaea thanked emilyam819
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    We are Canadian. We had been set to have a big family dinner for thanksgiving and then my mom got Covid. It was a nightmare. We ended up doing a low key dinner just our family which was lovely.

    We decorate for Christmas first week in December. We have advent calendars, wreaths, greenery, lights, decor and a tree. I love it all. Super fun and pretty. We have pine cones on the dining table and gold accents

    Aphaea thanked WestCoast Hopeful
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    Since my kids were little I have decorated each month. Most of my decorations date from before they were born. It's part of their 'catching' that the seasons change and each month has something special about it. Back in the day we made decorated sugar cookies for Thanksgiving because it's a season there was time. Pumpkins, pilgrims and turkeys were painted or frosted as fancy as most do Christmas cookies. Halloween is packed away and now we are on to Thanksgiving. Fall colors are my favorite. Here are a few pics from fall.







    We decorate for Christmas when the weather is best...so often the outside is Christmas and the inside is Thanksgiving when my people come home. If not then it's what we do Friday after Thanksgiving, as well at take pack away all of Thanksgiving. I then spend all of Saturday dawning Christmas. It's about a 14 hour nonstop day but that way I don't have boxes and mess underfoot. It was particularly necessary when the kids were little. Later it was about having it done before I went back to work. December is packed so the decorating needs to be out of the way ASAP. This year we head to my daughters and are all bringing one of our many traditional foods to share. We will put her decorations up, bake cookies and attend a Christmas concert while we are there as well as take in a parade and the lighting of their city Christmas tree.

    Aphaea thanked arcy_gw
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    I think having young kids make Christamas so much more fun all out grandkids are now in their late 20'S early 30's and one great grand child who lives too far away for most of the holidays with roads being iffy we see him in the better weather often We even toyed with the idea of Christmas in August but it just did not seem right. I would love to have everyone home for Christams all the time but just not pratical so we skype or face time .

    Aphaea thanked Patricia Colwell Consulting
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    Arcy, those milk cans look wonderful. Great idea, and I also like all your decorations very much!

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    Arcy, I love your pumpkins on the tree stumps, and the mini ones in the wire basket.

    I start buying pumpkins in September and have them out through Thanksgiving. Some will last a looong time. I love having them in and out of the house.




    Arcy mentioned cookies. I saw these pretty ”watercolor” cookies online once (elisabethandbutter.com) and keep telling myself to try them. Too pretty to eat!


    Aphaea thanked chloebud
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    When my kids were young hubbies parents and grandparents were still alive, same with my parents. Pie at noon at the grandparents, turkey at 2 at hubbies parents and turkey at 5 at my parents. By the end of the day we were sooo stuffed and exhausted. It was crazy, noisy and hectic , but boy what I would give to be able to do that again.

    Aphaea thanked functionthenlook
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    Chloebud those are beautiful cookies!! Ours didn't look ANYTHING like those!!! hahaha, but they were just as delicious and fun to make, I'm going to assume. My mini pumpkins are a frustration as I grew them myself. Unfortunately here under the oaks my sun hours make my gardening a CHALLENGE.

    Aphaea thanked arcy_gw
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    I love the entire holiday (October, November, December) season and used to host large dinner parties for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, as I get older I realize that while I'd still love to do so--I have a Food folder full of holiday recipes that I still add to--the urge to simplify is becoming stronger and stronger. This year because of that and because Covid has become a little less scary, though I am still extremely cautious, I have made major changes. These are tinged a bit with sadness. At the same time they are most welcome because I won't end up exhausted.

    Instead of a whole roasted turkey, I bought bone-in breast, perfect for sandwiches over the weekend, two containers of prepared fresh cranberry sauce + two bags of fresh cranberries all to be combined and made much less sweet, some pre-made gravy from Whole Foods, fresh green beans, a pre-made salad and a pumpkin pie. So it will still be good and satisfy my craving for that meal. Plus, work, a community college with a Hotel/Restaurant division, offers a full T-Day meal for a reasonable cost on the day before. A good friend and I are going there too. She'll have the salmon for the entree and I'll get the turkey.

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    We even had a backyard party!


    Aphaea thanked zoey z
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    Ilove the tent Zoey not going to work where I live but waht an awesome way to celebrate. I too love the crazy of a full house but just seems to not happen anymore , Oh well I guess it is good the kids all have alife .

    Aphaea thanked Patricia Colwell Consulting
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