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.
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.