How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Jen's thanksgiving tablescape 2016

One of my favorite things during the fall season is receiving holiday magazines and catalogs from various food and home décor companies. I love to browse the beautiful tablescapes filled with fall colors and sumptuous food for inspiration. I realize that the photos in these magazines can seem a little intimidating, but decorating like a pro is not as difficult as it looks. You can create your own festive Thanksgiving tablescape with a few of these tips and tricks. Continue reading “How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape”

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and thoughts of tablescapes come to mind, gathering friends and family around the table. Setting a pretty table is on the forefront for most women and a warm inviting dining room goes hand in hand with this classic holiday that we all love and savor.

Thanksgiving Table

With a few thought out plans, it’s easy to set a pretty dining table. I’m using a couple of items from Tree Classics in my dining room this year and it makes for a festive occasion, bringing in the deep red colors of Fall right into Christmas. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Table Inspiration”

Where Do Christmas Trees Grow?

Christmas trees growing in the mountains. Photo by Daniil Silantev
Christmas trees growing in the mountains. Photo by Daniil Silantev

Putting up a Christmas tree during the holidays has a long, rich history. It began as an ancient ritual and is now a worldwide Yuletide tradition. In December, you can see these festive trees everywhere, from shopping plazas and hotel lobbies to government buildings and personal homes. Just like singing Christmas carols door-to-door, this long-standing holiday centerpiece is so ingrained in our Yuletide traditions, and there are a wide variety of species that grow across the globe.

Here’s a breakdown of tree types and the history behind them.
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The History of Christmas Carols

Christmas carols have always been part of our holiday celebrations. From “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” these songs are so ingrained in our culture that you hear them everywhere–even when it’s not Christmas! Whether it’s a century-old hymn or a light-hearted contemporary carol, these songs have withstood the test of time. In this post, we’ll review the history of Christmas carols and look at how some of the classic ones came about to better appreciate this long-standing tradition.

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Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe

Mistletoe has been associated with American and European Christmas traditions for decades. Linked with the practice of two people having to kiss when caught underneath it, millions honor the Christmas tradition by hanging sprigs of mistletoe above their doorways each year.

Read more to find out how this tradition started, and what it symbolizes to pucker up under this plant come Yuletide season. Continue reading “Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?”