Thanksgiving is almost upon us and for many of you it means traditions like heading out at midnight to score Black Friday deals, going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or watching football non-stop. (My personal favorite is going to see the latest Thanksgiving blockbuster.) But no matter what your tradition is, the pinnacle of the day centers around the kitchen table.
When people talk about Thanksgiving, what do they usually talk about? The food, right? And man is the food good! But in my family, depending on who’s hosting that year, the Thanksgiving Day meal will be different. My grandmother, for instance, is very traditional – she’s got turkey (dark meat and white meat), cranberry relish, mashed potatoes... you get the idea. Her table is absolutely covered in food and in what little space is left, she displays her ornate candelabra. It’s one of those heavy, bronze candelabras that has been passed down from generation to generation. And it’s huge – but so beautifully detailed.
As I work for Colonial Candle (Grandma’s favorite taper brand), I always have a steady supply of candles ready for holiday events – much to her delight. She’s forever asking for boxes of 10 inch red classic tapers.
My aunt, on the other hand, is a bit more experimental (to the dismay of the older folk in my family). One year, it’ll be a Mexican turkey recipe and the next year we’ll have no turkey at all, but Prime Rib. That’s just how she is - always keen on trying something new and exciting, always trying to keep us guessing.
She’s that way in her decorating ideas, too. She tends to stay very on-trend. With the rise of the minimalist, modern, Scandinavian-style, we’ll be gathering around a very sleek and simple table this year. (I know for a fact – she’s already sent me pictures!) The long, dining room table is covered with a sleek table runner, consisting of carefully selected pumpkins and 12 inch white handipt tapers. The “hand dipped” taper style might have an older origin than the classic, but they’re making a hard comeback.
So, I know, it doesn’t really matter how your Thanksgiving table is decorated. Decorations are not a necessity, but they do add a little flair. And as you gather around the table to give thanks, I think they hold some importance. I’ve always found that sharing stories and laughing together comes a bit easier when there’s candlelight. It brings about a calming and relaxing mood, and it makes this time of coming together a little more intimate. So, spend this time wisely and show a little appreciation to your loved ones on this special day.