It was in celebration of a successful harvest that our forefathers set aside a day for Thanksgiving. Therefore it is no surprise that many of the decorations are symbols are the harvest such as pumpkins, corn and apples. Illustration 1 is a photograph a door with a little bit of everything from its stalks of corn and pumpkin topiaries standing sentinel at the sides of the door to the Indian corn hanging in clusters on the door which itself is painted a fall leaf red.

Illustration 1

Colors of the Season

Autumn is aflame with the colors of falling leaves in oranges, reds, and yellows. These colors inspire much of the seasonal decorating. For example in Illustration 7 planters of orange mums festoon the front steps leading to the door hung with a wreath of ears of corn. Illustration 8 depicts double doors bedecked in a trailing garland of tulle, ribbon and an assortment of leaves, pine cones and miniature pumpkins. Scattered on the porch are a collection of Jack-o-Lanterns left over from Halloween. Before you rake those leaves collect enough for a wreath to adorn your front door like the one shown in Illustration 10. Or, as in Illustration 11, have your rake serve double duty as a scarecrow.
  • Illustration 7

    Illustration 7

  • Illustration 8

    Illustration 8

  • Illustration 10

    Illustration 10

  • Illustration 11

    Illustration 11

Learning from Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a favorite among school teachers and students alike. Teachers can incorporate lessons about the history of America’s earliest settlers, the struggles they endured and their first Thanksgiving with the cheerful colors and excitement of the season for their students. Illustration 12 depicts the founders of thanksgiving Day, the Pilgrims and Native Americans who helped them survive in the new world. Illustration 13 shows the most recognized symbol of Thanksgiving, the turkey reminding us to ‘have a thankful heart’. Then teachers can throw in a little science explaining that as the plants mature scavengers try to beat the farmer to the fruits of his labor making scarecrows a necessity to protect the harvest. Although the scarecrow in Illustration 14 doesn't look particularly scary to us it is meant to fool birds who feed on the crops. In Illustration 15, this teacher acquired the help of her students in collecting old neckties to create the tail feathers for the turkey on their room door. Illustration 16 shows an autumn tree with its leaves turning colors and falling. The teacher not only listed the names of each child for whom she was thankful, but asked for the children to share what they were thankful for as well on the leaves.
  • Illustration 12

    Illustration 12

  • Illustration 13

    Illustration 13

  • Illustration 14

    Illustration 14

  • Illustration 15

    Illustration 15

  • Illustration 16

    Illustration 16

Sources

1 Found on Between Naps on the Porch

2 Found on Flowers and Home

3 Found on Bemis Farm Nursery

4 Found on Wishes do Come True Blog

5 Found on Crafty Morning

6 Found on Pinterest via Kelsey Dimes

7 Found on Pinterest via Danielle Canton

8 Found on Sweet Honey in 2nd Blog

We hope you enjoyed our list. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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