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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a cozy time of year and the whole day is about food and family. It almost feels like Christmas but without the added stress/pressure/clutter of gifts.
I think it’s fun that people dress nice or buy a new outfit, get their roots touched up, and generally do their best to impress all for a day of sitting around talking and over-eating. Only in America.
But it do hate the way Thanksgiving gets passed over for Christmas decorations every year. Don’t get me wrong because I love Chrismtas decor and I, too, am chomping at the bit to get Christmas up! So I don’t blame anyone who does decorate early. It’s a lot of work and it’s nice to get
to enjoy it for as long as possible!
But still….poor Thanksgiving.
I think part of the problem (for me anyway) is that I don’t have Thanksgiving decorations. I have this someday goal of doing up the whole house for every holiday– Pinterest mom style– at some point in my life.
Right now I feel pretty good about my Christmas decorating game. And I’d say I’m halfway there for Halloween and Easter. But Thanksgiving gets nothing (Well, I do have a door hanger that says “give thanks” so not nothing…).
Anyway, this year is just not the year that I’ll go out and buy those amazing pumpkins I keep seeing or loads of burlap and leaves and pilgrim figurines… But I did have an idea that is fun in the moment as well as a really cool keepsake/Thanksgiving decoration and I want to share it with yall!
I have created several free printable Thanksgiving placemats that double as keepsakes!
My thought process for these is that I’ll have my boys (or anyone, any age!) fill these out, color on them, etc. and then I’ll laminate and tuck them away for next year.
Each year we’ll do new ones, so over the years I’ll build up quite a little collection of Thanksgiving placemats complete with hand written memories.
I don’t host Thanksgiving dinner at my house now. But maybe one day I will. Maybe my boys will be bringing home wives or girlfriends or their own children and I’ll get to display these Thanksgiving place mats out on a nice long table set for twenty people.
My house will surely be decorated for Thanksgiving by then, ha!
Print them out on legal sized paper. If you don’t have a printer my go to is the UPS store—I printed all 4 of them there for $2.40.
Pick one style per year or mix and match them! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!