Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For some it’s an awkward season for decorating, right between Halloween and Christmas. For others, thinking of Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving has had a chance to approach should be considered an utmost sin.
It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is not as popular in the retail world as it once was, it’s become over throned by Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is seemingly unmentioned altogether at times. Because of that I almost didn’t even want to write to you about decorating ideas for a mantle but Thanksgiving is here for a reason and it’s a reason that should remain treasured and cherished. The pilgrims risked too much for this holiday to be just a shopping day. They lost too many family members for it to become a holiday that we dread because family comes together. They learned to trust and be trusted by those who were different than them. They praised God and gave Him the glory, even though their times were darken by death and the unknown.
Decorating a mantle for Thanksgiving may seem like a silly way to keep Thanksgiving in our homes but in some ways it’s the least that we can do. Our children will see us take the time to prepare for this holiday rather than just rushing through it and they will begin to ask questions. You’ll be given the opportunity to teach them stories that other wise may vanish from the history books and you’ll be able to let them know just how thankful you are for them.
Decorating Ideas For A Thanksgiving Mantle
Use something you are Thankful for
This may seem silly but this little cabinet door sitting up top my mantle came from my mom and dad’s house. It ended up outside in a pile of wood to be burned and perhaps even served as a door for a chicken coop once. I’m thankful for my mom and dad and all the blessings that they’ve given to me growing up so when I saw that old door I knew I had to put it to good use.
Play with colors
Fall isa burst of bright colors so it only makes sense that you would be brave enough to represent that in your interior designs.
Encourage the elements
Natural elements such as rocks, shells and sand play a key role in my decorating around the house so for me choosing this as a decorating piece comes naturally. However, this year I included some bright (fake) leaves. Feel free to bring in some pinecones or acorns from outside but be sure to preserve them properly or you could wind up with a serious pest issue.
Of course be seasonal, the Pilgrims and the Indians celebrated life in the midst of hardships, friends, family, faith and yes even the blessing of having food.
Acknowledge our LORD
In and out of every season we should honor and praise our LORD. This wooden board has hung out on my mantle since July and cost a simple dollar yet it’s a piece that receives a lot of compliments and a piece that I pray my family understands the weight of and hold true to. You see, like the Pilgrims we are on a journey. We don’t know where the next meal is coming from, even if we think we do. We don’t know what tomorrow holds and at any point we could loose it all, even our family. We are in a foreign land where we must learn to listen to those who aren’t like us. We must become friends with the unlikely, witness to those around us and trust God, even though the path is both exciting and at times very frightening.