The day after Halloween my six-year-old son was teary eyed as I pulled the faux spider webs off our boxwoods in the front yard and put away our Six-Foot Grim Reaper and Styrofoam tombstones. He begged me to get out the Christmas decorations to replace them.
I had to remind him that before Christmas we have Thanksgiving. And my family tradition is to get a Christmas tree and put up decorations after Thanksgiving.
So, my son said, let’s decorate for Thanksgiving. Great idea. But, then, how does one decorate for Thanksgiving? Just try to find Thanksgiving decorations in the seasonal isle at your local sundry store. Whatever happened to those multicolored dried Indian corn arrangements hung on doorways in my childhood? I searched high and low, but besides a few picked over pumpkin ornaments left over from Halloween, there were little to no Thanksgiving or harvest-themed decorations to be found.
Then I came across Harry & David’s Heirloom Wreath ($49.95, www.harryanddavid.com, a wonderfully suitable autumn wreath that I felt captured the spirit of Thanksgiving. It’s made of mix of fresh and dried herbs, including fresh salal and rosemary, dried safflower and tansy, and dried orange slices. It is so fragrant that when I open the door the aroma wafts inside. I love that is it is handcrafted and made of natural materials, and because its colors are muted fall hues — and it isn’t decorated with red Christmas bows or faux frosting, it’s perfect for the fall season.
This elegant spin on the traditional door wreath is the perfect décor for Thanksgiving. My only concern is that the birds may love it too, but so far they have just been admiring it, as I have.