Thanksgiving Trees For A Meaningful Holiday

Being a Christmas ornament company, we’re biased towards the Christmas tree. However, we’re thrilled when the tree theme expands to other holidays, and we’ve noticed it has. We feature many Thanksgiving ornaments, in addition to ornaments for many other holidays, and we have two ideas for Thanksgiving trees. One adds to the seasonal decor and the other focuses the attention of the holiday to a reflection of thankfulness. 

Seasonal Decor

There’s an age-old debate over when to decorate for Christmas. There is the day-after-Halloween camp that swiftly swipes away the spider webs, pumpkins, and ghosts to put up the tree, white lights, and little elves. We salute those who dial up the Christmas tunes the second the clock strikes midnight on October 31st. But, we have a great idea of how to glide into Christmas without forgetting Thanksgiving: the Thanksgiving tree. This solution will fit right into what you’re already doing. We recommend this option for the Christmas fans with a faux Christmas trees, because if you used a real tree for your Thanksgiving tree right after Halloween, by the time Christmas rolls around it will be a very scary fire hazard. To avoid that, go faux. Set up the Christmas tree, but instead of putting on the regular lights and Christmas ornaments, show a little restraint, and add all-things-Thanksgiving instead. We see faux pumpkins, ribbons tied in bows or wrapped as garland in festive fall hues, faux flowers, dried grasses or wheat stalks tucked into the branches, and some Thanksgiving ornaments sprinkled on the tree. Instead of the traditional tree skirt, a swath of seasonal fabric or burlap emphasizes the fall feel. What we love about this idea is it grows with the season, and you get your tree up for longer. It will be a prominent decoration for your Thanksgiving celebration, and then simple to remove some of the Thanksgiving-specific accessories and replace them with the red, green, candy canes and your favorite ornaments. 

Make it Meaningful

Our other idea for a memorable Thanksgiving tree can either be with a faux Christmas tree, a small table-top tree, or with a few bare branches from the back yard. This version of a Thanksgiving tree is interactive, and puts the emphasis on what people are thankful for. Find a free printable online for small tags, or make your own from paper or other materials, tie them with yarn or string, and make them available near the tree with a writing utensil. When people visit or when inspiration strikes encourage everyone to write down what they are thankful for. If this tree goes up right after Halloween, by the time Thanksgiving comes, the tree will be filled with an outpouring of thoughtful and specific acknowledgements of thankfulness. Around the table on Thanksgiving reading these tags out loud will create a natural time of reflection and gratefulness. It’s hard to be greedy when people are expressing thanksgiving. 

However you choose to celebrate and decorate for Thanksgiving, do something with purpose and meaning. Don’t reinvent the wheel, and do use what you have and upcycle items to make a special Thanksgiving tree. Enjoy the slower more reflective Thanksgiving sentiments this year with a beautiful Thanksgiving tree. 

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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