All in Good Time

Christmas seems to be popping up almost everywhere I look these days. Not the season, mind you, but decorations from garlands to trees to wreaths, with or without twinkling lights. Why rush the season? Maybe it’s the recent news of January blizzards blasting the central United States from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Christmas will come all in good time after Thanksgiving, with Advent in between.

Remember the old-fashioned song, “Over the river and through the woods / To grandmother’s house we go. / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh / O’er the white and glistening snow.” Well, some folks will enjoy a snowy Thanksgiving two weeks away, unless the sun comes out tomorrow.

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This morning, one of my favorite bloggers, “Pine Cones and Acorns,” posted ten ideas for a Thanksgiving table setting. I posted it on Facebook, and now I’d like to share a few of her ideas with you all. She began with laying a cozy plaid blanket and adding small pumpkins and seasonal pyracantha berry sprigs snipped from her garden. Dinner plates with a wild game bird pattern complete the setting.

Here is another blanket-covered table idea, this one with a centerpiece of pumpkins in an antique bread dough bowl.

For a large gathering, she suggests a runner laid down the center, topped with bowls of apples, berry sprigs, accented with a colorful fall leaf arrangement. Notice the mismatched chairs and dinnerware? It’s the company and good food that really matter.

And if you decide on a simple bowl of polished red apples, simply remove the autumn leaves and berries and substitute snips of evergreen sprigs from the woods for an early December look. I’ll have more ideas later, including recipes for Thanksgiving sides and how to design an Advent Wreath, a creative project for the last Saturday of November.

Bicycle Thanksgiving




Just short of fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. In mid-February 2019, I launched Roses in the Rain: A Daughter's Story, following a successful couple years of Invitation to the Garden, both on Watch for upcoming installments to the memoir blog every Tuesday. The garden posts follow on Friday/Saturday. I look forward to hearing from you all!

One thought on “All in Good Time”

  1. Love these tablescapes! I had to buy, notice I said HAD to (well not really) but anyway, I bought new Christmas decorations in September and I am glad I did because they are all sold out ! Hopefully if my new kitchen is done by Christmas, no way will it be close to done by TG, I will have photos of the all Silver look I went to!

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