Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Inspirations

I know that Halloween has just come and gone and already the Christmas lights and music are starting to fill our shopping arenas, but the holiday I'm most excited about right now is Thanksgiving! Although I love Christmas season, there is something about Thanksgiving that makes it my favorite holiday. I think its because its not so commercial. There's no pressure to find gifts or write cards or do any of the things that can make the Christmas season sometimes more stressful (although I am personally very low key about all those things). Thanksgiving is just about good food, good friends and family, and being thankful (and perhaps a food coma nap or football game thrown in there). 

It is so important to be thankful, isn't it? I think the degree of the thankfulness in our lives really determines how we view the quality of our lives. We can truly choose to see the good things in life and then I think good things tend to come to you. I don't know if you've seen it, but I have another little blog called Life's Simple Joys, where I just write one thing I'm thankful for whenever I get the chance. Since doing this, I've found that there are literally millions of things to be thankful for. 

Of course, there are times when I get in a funk too, as well all do. I was actually in one the other day for no apparent reason. Then I decided to listen to the Power of Positive Thinking audio book on Youtube. I know its a very popular book, but I had never read it before. The whole thing is free to listen to if you can stand the really annoying computer-generated voice and cheesy background music. Anyway, he really stresses the importance of thankfulness in our lives and obviously the power of positive thinking (aka faith) and prayer in our lives. After just listening it to it for a short time, my attitude was completely turned around and life was beautiful again. The world around me hadn't physically changed in any way, but my perspective on it was changed... and that made all the difference. 

So back to Thanksgiving Day itself, one think I love is to plan a nice table. This is the first year that Thanksgiving will be at my house and where I am planning the menu. Last year I had two Thanksgiving meals.. one at my parents and then we also had one with friends at our house where we hosted, but the meal was pretty much prepared by our friends. I did snap a few pics of the table, but it for some reason it was both  before everything was totally set and after we had finished eating. One thing that I did that was fun was to print out the menu, put it in a frame and hung it on the wall:

The other day I started collecting some inspiration images of both decor and recipes on Pinterest, which I really like for organizing my thoughts, especially as I'm a pretty visual person. You can check them all out there, but here are some of my favorite decor inspirations for this year:

orange centerpiece ideas

And here's a snapshot of my Pinterest board

Hope you find these images inspiring as well. And if you have any other great ones to share, send me the link :) And speaking of thanks, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the wonderful bloggers that I've 'met' this year and to those who make the blogging world a beautiful place.

A Whole Lotta Love,


heather yalin said...

yes i so agree with you: there is so much to be thankful for! :) and thanksgiving with family and lots of food is a great way to celebrate gratitude. I like its non-commercialness too.

Krystal said...

These are definitely inspiring!! I need to think of a cool bread dish and dessert for thanksgiving, so I feel like this jump started me, haha :) And printing the menu out is such a good idea!
I should be emailing you back today! said...

Those table settings are breathtaking! I love preparing for Thanksgiving!

kate said...

eek! I love thanksgiving...I have been turning down corners in magazines for months - of recipes to try and placesettings to copy! i love what you pulled together.

what do you think? can we have a virtual thanksgiving in blog land?!?!


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