Thanksgiving Crafts Kick Off the Holidays

My creative ambition is from both my parents. But, my unparalleled love for the holidays is from my mother, specifically. For her, the holiday season started with the first fall breeze and continued well into the new year.

Please welcome TLC’s newest contributer and my ridiculously well-spoken mommy, Cindy Hubbard. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you’re on your own.

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Dr Delphinium, aliedwards.com

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it means the first snow in KC – or at least cool crisp weather – the first sign that Christmas is on its way. For me, Thanksgiving is a no pressure holiday. Just a marvelous family gathering, wonderful smells wafting from the kitchen and a warm fire glowing to clothe the chill.

After Halloween I save all of my pumpkins and gourds for Thanksgiving decorations. Thanksgiving is Act 1 of the Christmas play – and what a wonderful beginning, what a way to introduce this joyous holiday (and it truly is joyous for me – from the first unpacking of my little treasures stored in the basement to decorate the house).

Decorating for the holidays is not a task. It is the beginning of a wonderful holiday surprise that kicks off my holiday celebration. For me, decorating for Christmas is as delightful as when Christmas morning arrives. Every container, brought up from the basement, is a glorious surprise – a happy reminder of what the last joyous seasons have brought. When I open up each container, I say to myself, “Oh, I just love this.” It’s like recycling a little surprise gift. Decorating for the holidays, for me, is a special Christmas gift that starts the season.

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Good Housekeeping, Crate and Barrel, Wreath Works

On Thanksgiving I forage my backyard for natural decorations – maybe a long walk in the neighborhood to find special prizes like pine cones, leaves, bird feathers. But it’s the backyard that offers the most precious gifts that become my old grapevine wreath.

I used the soft pliable vines to shape the wreath and twisted sprigs of bushes with bright red berries along with special fuzzy weeds and pine cones. A delicate birds nest lost by our big tree from a storm is nestled in the wreath just above its curve holding a couple of bright feathers in its bed – just perfect. I let it dry and added other decorations from outside.

Thanksgiving started my backyard nature collecting for the holidays: wreaths, fresh cut branches from trees, everything beautiful that nature offers us for free during our quiet trip outside. It’s just magic. And it turns your home into a wonderland of natural discovery.

What natural decorations do you love?

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7 Responses to “Thanksgiving Crafts Kick Off the Holidays”

  1. cindy Says:

    just perfect the wreaths are beautiful thank you so much bregan, i love you

  2. Drew Says:

    What would you suggest to someone who lives in an urban setting? I live in Los Angeles, and my back yard is a concrete patio. We have Griffith Park, the beach, and lots of other nearby nature getaways, but I’m unsure of the rules – I’m not sure if I can remove things like bird’s nests and pine cones.

    I love making my own decorations for the holidays, so how does a city-dweller forage?

  3. Bregan Says:

    Drew. Great point! I used to live in the big city, so this will be a fun brainstorm – I already have some ideas. We’ll get back to you soon.

  4. Ashley Says:

    Even though I can buy a wreath for about $5 at a craft store, I’ve always enjoyed making my own. Because I rent, I feel unsure about cutting off branches, etc. in my landlord’s yard. Instead, I find my twigs and treasures on walks through my neighborhood in piles of yard waste. I have found some most interesting twigs and berries that way. And…I’m recycling!

  5. Angela Says:

    @drew
    you can always purchase bags of cranberries (not exactly foraging) and place them in small hurricanes with candles nestled down in them. I also like to use coffee beans which smell great! One thing I saw on TV was grateful “rocks”. If you have guests over you give them a small smooth stone to write a word or something they are grateful for and then you place these down the middle or in the center of your table with some greenery.

  6. Angela Says:

    drew,
    you can always purchase bags of cranberries (not exactly foraging) and place them in shall hurricanes with candles nestled down in them. I also like to use coffee beans which smell great! One thing I saw on TV was grateful “rocks” If you have guests over you give them a small smooth stone to right a word or something they are grateful for and then you place these down the middle or in the center of your table with some greenery.

    love,
    ANG

  7. The Lead Chandelier » Blog Archive » Holiday in the City Says:

    […] response to, LA Foodie, Drew’s dilemma, “how does a city-dweller forage?,” TLC got together to come up with some city wreaths. When nature is not at your door, […]

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