Tag Archives: Halloween

Make Up Your Mantel for Thanksgiving!

Source: 52mantels.com via Karyl on Pinterest

 

I’ve always been enamored with holidays.  And holiday decorations. My favorite new thing to do is to decorate the mantel.  There’s even a blog called 52 Mantels!  We don’t actually have a mantel so I decorate our buffet.  I like how it makes my decorating efforts compact and concentrated.  That way you don’t need to have, or store, tons of stuff!

A few tips for decorating your mantel:

1) Use what you have. You probably already have a supply of holiday decorations.  This is a good starting point.  I have always decorated for Halloween but not for Thanksgiving. Although the jack-o-lanterns didn’t seem right, the paper mache pumpkin my son made in Kindergarten was perfect.  So was the scarecrow.  Also, look for thing that are just lying around.  I went searching for things that were orange and brown and found two soup bowls in the kitchen cabinet in those colors hat even had turkeys on them.  Who knew!

2) Add seasonal flowers or plants.  For Christmas there are poinsettias, pine wreaths, and holly. For Valentine’s Day, roses.  I also choose plants and flowers for their colors.  For example, red roses are great for Valentine’s Day but they could work for Christmas and the 4th of July.  I plan to use the pumpkin on the porch and fill it with flowers for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Nice idea from Inspiring Pretty.

 

3) Use free printables.  I love free printables!  They are free!  I found the idea and free template for my Give Thanks Banner from At Second Street. Speaking of giving thanks, thanks Kalleen At Second Street!

4) Subway art. These are those cute prints that you can just frame for instant decoration.  Simple Crafter has some great ones.  They are also all over Pinterest.

 

5) Make it your own.  Decorate in your own style.  Add family pictures.  You can get ideas from other people but always own it!

6) Keep it fresh.  You don’t have to use every single item every single time.  Change it up and don’t over do it.

Happy decorating!

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Dia de los Muertos

 

 

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for those who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions include making private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Some families build altars or small shrines in their homes with crosses, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictures of the deceased, and candles.  People spend time around the altar, praying and telling stories about the dead.

I have never celebrated this holiday but I’ve always wanted to.  I love the idea and the colors and look of the decorations.  Perhaps I will start celebrating Dia de ls Muertos.  I would want to choose one person each time.  I think I will start with my father this year.  We will definitely eat chocolate chip cookies.  He loved those.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

I love Halloween.  I always have.  Being a Christian, I have run into many Christians who think celebrating Halloween is inherently evil.  I disagree.  For me Halloween is about candy, fun, dressing up, neighborhoods, community, and children.  I have fond memories of going trick-or-treating with my brother.  I also have sweet memories of taking my son out on Halloween night.  I still dress up to give out candy.  Last year I donned an orange and black apron and a witch’s hat.  This year I’ll wear an orange shirt with Trick or Treat across the front.  Am I witch or do I encourage witchcraft?  No.  To me, it is just dressing up and having fun.  Like being in a play.  I love handing out candy to the little ones (and some big ones) in the neighborhood.  It can be good, clean fun.

We may be Christians but I believe we should choose our battles and lighten up a little.

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Candy Corn

 

Candy corn reminds me of fall and Halloween.  I just saw my first bag of Candy Corn in the grocery store.  I bought 1 bag thinking I would share it with the family.  It made it into the candy dish but I basically ate the whole bag.  Good intentions lead to rotted teeth.  😦