Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is so rich in meaning and history, and comes at a time of year when abundant harvests are still fresh in memory, if not all around us. I also believe that gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions we can feel; that it transforms us as people and it also transforms our memory. Lack of gratitude is an open door to unlimited challenges; gratitude is an open door to potential and excellence.
I realize that to some Thanksgiving is simply a meal, or a meal on a single day with people we love, and that’s totally fine. To me it’s more of a season, like Christmas. Last year I wrote about wanting to carry the Thanksgiving spirit forward into my Christmas observance and my heart still pauses on those thoughts.
Because it’s a special holiday to me, my list of things to do for Thanksgiving is rather lengthy. I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house (it’s a lot of work but in some ways easier than taking my large group elsewhere). It occurred to me this week that if I shortened my Thanksgiving “to do” list I might get more accomplished on my Christmas list, but I’m not sure I want to. The two holidays pair so well together.
Among my Thanksgiving projects to complete this year was this banner. A friend and I got together and started them last year. She finished hers; I finished mine last week.
It’s made of felt, with a leaf and letter sewn onto a felt background. I hung it on sturdy rope and added a green ribbon between each letter to keep them properly spaced. The inspiration came from a small picture of a similar banner in a Pottery Barn kids catalog several years ago. (Why do they never sell the one thing I fall in love with?)
When we started them last year I cut enough fabric for two banners, so I’d like to give one away! To enter, just leave a comment telling me where you are on the Thanksgiving spectrum: is it a holiday you really get into, or do you let it take just a day or two?
The giveaway will end at midnight on Friday November 11, 2011. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.
On a similar note, I’m also offering a giveaway this week over on the blog I participate in with my sisters. It’s called Sisterview, and we have some fun things planned for the next few weeks. I just finished making my first velvet pumpkins, and I’m giving some away. If you’d like to enter, head over here to leave a comment.
And check back here at Hopeful Homemaker in the next day or two for a second velvet pumpkin giveaway.