Thanksgiving Tables for Even the Laziest and the Most Busy

By Carole Brown

I love Autumn decorations almost as much as Christmas decorations. Here’s a few suggestions that can inspire you to adjust them to suit your capabilities and budget. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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If you’re not a fan of the traditional oranges and browns, try softer hues such as light greens, blues, white and grays. Those beautiful white pumpkins and squashes are elegant and perfect with touches of leafy greens. Why not use those blue dishes with white or gray decorations?

 

Use pumpkins to build a topiary. Choose your colors, remove stems from all but the top one, then stack. Finish the centerpiece with sprigs of leaves, nuts and pine cones.

Have a multitude of different plates? Chose varying ones to match for each place setting, then stack them with the napkin on top and a small pumpkin, squash or other holiday ornament or even a large name tag tied to the pumpkin’s stem.

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Tired of the pumpkin-themed decorations? Use what you have, like fruits and vegetables. After all, we’re being thankful for what we have, for the bountiful harvest God’s given us!

 

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Have a chandelier? Don’t forget to decorate it too with magnolia or holly leaves, pine coves and even–wait for it; I love the idea!–turkey feathers! Beautiful and elegant.

 

 

Add a table runner or place mats of your own design and making. Don’t be afraid to be creative and use what you have. Linen, burlap, and crisp cotton can add to the look you especially favor. Have children? Have them add your choice of painted creations on a long piece of cotton material.

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Use the dishes you have. Antiques or hand-me-downs from parents or even unique pieces you seldom use? Use them as centerpieces or for whatever you have need of. Sometimes old is better. And they definitely make a statement.

 

 

Use pedestal-ed cake plates of candle stands. Wrap middle of candle with rope, surround with greenery and other items. Lovely.

Fill smaller pitchers like creamers, etc., with dried bittersweet, wheat sprigs, and skewered fruits of small twigs. Give each place setting their own creation, or set several here and there on the table.

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And lastly: Put together small, sweet bouquets by tying dried wheat sprigs and
goldenrod together with twine. Use hearty fresh foliage that will look nice out of water for hours, so they don’t wilt on the table. Tie a tag onto each bouquet, with the guest’s name, a verse, poem or favorite saying, and give to them as a favor.

 

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Most of all, stay relaxed.

Enjoy the day.

Be thankful!

 

10 Best Classic Thanksgiving Movies

10. Mouse On The Mayflower

(1968) Animated

Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Starring Voices: Tennessee Ernie Ford, John Gary, and Eddie Albert

This classic children’s cartoon movie about a mouse traveling on the Mayflower is a must if your children have never watched it.

9. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

(1973) Animated

Directed by Bill Melendez, Phil Roman

Written by Charles Schultz

The best part of this movie is Linus’ Thanksgiving prayer reminding us of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

8. Holiday Inn

(1942)

Directed by Mark Sandrich

Starring: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire

This prequel to White Christmas cover all of the holidays including Thanksgiving featuring Bing Crosby singing I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For.

7. Plymouth Adventure

(1952)

Starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, and Van Johnson

Any movie starring these three giants of acting is worth watching. This movie tells the story of the voyage of the Mayflower.

6. Mayflower: The Pilgrim’s Adventure

(1979)

Directed by Clarence Brown

Starring Jenny Aqutter and Tim Barrett. Anthony Quinn and Richard Crenna also have roles in this movie.

Another great telling of the crossing of the Mayflower.

5. A Man Called Peter

(1955)

Directed by Henry Coster

Starring Richard Todd and Jean Peters

This story has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but it does tell a story of the spiritual heritage of our nation. Peter Marshall feels the call to be a preacher. He leaves Scotland and comes to America and eventually becomes the pastor of “The Church of Presidents” and the chaplain of the US Senate without ever becoming politically correct or compromising his faith.

4. The Wizard of Oz

(1939)

Directed by Victor Fleming

Starring Judy Garland

This movie used to be showed on TV every Thanksgiving and reminds us we can be thankful for what we have. There’s no place like home.

3. Miracle On 34th Street

(1947)

Directed by George Seaton

Starring Edwin Gween, Maureen O’Hara, and Natalie Wood

Although technically this is a Christmas movie, who can forget that it starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

2. It’s A Wonderful Life

(1946)

Directed by Frank Capra

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed

This movie that used to be shown every Thanksgiving reminds us that sometimes what we consider hardship may be the very thing we can be thankful for because our lives matter to other people.

1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

(1987)

Directed by John Hughes

Starring Steve Martin and John Candy

In my opinion, this comedy is the best Thanksgiving movie reminding us to be thankful for what we have and sharing our blessings with those who might have lost everything. I get a lump in my throat at the end every time I watch it. If you can get the TV version instead of the movie DVD, it takes out the bad language. I believe there’s a DVD that takes out the language also.

The REAL History of the Pilgrims

Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert W. Weir’s painting, Embarkation of the Pilgrims

Since it’s Thanksgiving Day, I thought you might be interested in the history of the pilgrims that isn’t taught in school. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving is coming soon. There are many facts about America’s spiritual heritage ingrained in the Pilgrims and Puritans. These are some of the facts that children are not taught in school.

Most children are taught that pilgrims came to America to flee religious persecution. That’s not exactly true. Pilgrims and Puritans were persecuted for believing that Christians could have a personal relationship with Jesus separate from the Church of England. But they traveled to Holland to flee the persecution, not America.

So why did they travel to America? There were many reasons, but the main reason is they felt compelled by God to come to America and establish a colony of people that honored God. Many called this colony, New Jerusalem, believing that God had established this new land to spread the gospel to the world. William Bradford wrote in his journal that the motivation came from “a great hope for advancing the kingdom of Christ.”

Pilgrims and Puritans were not the same. Pilgrims were separatists who believed they should separate themselves for the Church of England and the world systems. Puritans believed in working within the system. When they came to America, Puritans wished to set up the government so that religious freedom of expression would be established. Pilgrims wanted freedom of religion so they were free to worship without fear of persecution. Both Pilgrims and Puritans wanted freedom of religion to protect the church from the government, not to protect the government from the church.

Many schools teach that Thanksgiving was a secular celebration. But letters written by the Pilgrims tell a different story. God was such a part of their everyday life that they included God in everything. One such letter states that Thanksgiving was a celebration called so that “God be praised” for what He had brought them through. John Winthrop called New England a City on a Hill in one of his sermon. He, as well as many other Puritans and Pilgrims, believed they had made a covenant with God to be a new nation that was a model of Christianity to the world.

William Bradford believed that America was called to spread the gospel to the world. Since the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America, the United States of America has sent missionaries to more nations and more remote places in the world than any other nation on Earth. Could it be they were right?