Sundays on Silverado #68

Life Lately


I feel like I have a leg in two worlds right now–Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I’m preparing for the family Thanksgiving feast, but also trying to get a jump start on some of my Christmas decor and shopping.

I’m not putting my big 9-foot tree up yet, because I want Thanksgiving to feel like Thanksgiving, ya know?

But, I am putting a few things up that I need for blog posts–like a fun Winter Woodland Garland on my stairs for this month’s Pinterest Challenge. I hope you come back on Tuesday to see it!

We’ve also been working piece by piece on our outdoor lighting. By the time we get home from work we only have about an hour of daylight left to see, so we’re putting it up a little at a time.

I want to have just enough of the Christmas decor ready so that it doesn’t intrude on Thanksgiving, but as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, BAM, I’m ready to go full-on Christmas!

The season is so short, and I want to be able to enjoy all those cozy lights as long as I can.

What about you guys? Are you already fully decked out for Christmas, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?

Side note: Have you guys seen THESE? I bought some last year for the first time, and we loved them so much that we bought two this year, so we can put one set on our big tree, and divide the other one amongst all our smaller trees.

If you use a faux Christmas tree but miss the scent of real pine, THIS is the solution!

Porch Pots

Costco has their porch pots out this week, so we snatched up two and brought them home. A couple of years ago, I learned the hard way that they are usually all gone by Thanksgiving.

Costco’s pots usually look a hot mess when you buy them. They are mass-produced and just jammed in a pot all haphazardly.

But, for the amount of greenery you get, plus some pinecones, berries, twigs and a birch branch, they are very economical.

I always bring mine home, pull everything from the cheap black pots they come in, and redesign them. Plus, I always save the embellishments from year to year, so I have extras to work with.

You can see how I do it in THIS post. And then, hurry! Run to Costco and get yours before it’s too late!

In Case You Missed It…

I shared my annual Favorite Things post this week. It contains several of my favorite things from this year. They’d make great gifts for your family, friends, and even yourself!

And if you need even more ideas as you begin your holiday shopping, be sure to check out some of these posts:

The Weekly Features!

Just like my life right now, these features are living a split life between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 🙂

A little of each for our party today…

Shelly from Calypso in the Country has the same Thanksgiving vs. Christmas dilemma that I have. She shared her great tips for combining both.

Leslie from Feet Under My Table shared this idea for making incredibly beautiful ornaments that are also baby safe and pet safe! With a little grandbaby on the way, this idea caught my attention for sure!

Interior Frugalista‘s Marie shared how to make these upcycled Christmas drink coasters. Don’t you love it when you see someone else’s project and it sparks a new idea in your own mind? Thanks, Marie!

As soon as I saw this Cranberry Swiss Almond Spread from The Painted Apron, I knew it was destined to be my Thanksgiving pre-dinner appetizer! It would be perfect for Christmas and also New Year, too.

Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared this Spiced Apple Bread with Maple Walnut Topping. This is another delicious recipe that would work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

All features have been pinned to the Sundays on Silverado Pinterest Board!

Thank You

Now, before I head out to set my Thanksgiving table, and sort through my Christmas decor, I’d like to take a minute to say thank you.

Thank you for coming here each week to share your creations, and leave behind so much inspiration.

Thank you for taking the time to write so many kind comments and words of encouragement.

Thank you for helping me turn this blog into both a creative outlet and a business.

I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met, new friends I’ve made, and opportunities I’ve been granted through my blogging endeavors.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving,

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19 thoughts on “Sundays on Silverado #68

  1. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for including my ornaments! They have brought such joy here to capture each year’s family. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting Niky! I have kept the dining room “Thanksgiving” but I’ve been slowly adding Christmas here and there. I’m with you though. I want to enjoy it as long as I can! Thanks again and I wish you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  3. Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time and effort goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  4. I still have some Thanksgiving decor up, but I’m moving into Christmas. I just don’t want the blogging world to cancel Thanksgiving in an effort to do Christmas decor. They’re both important. So I’m like you… enjoying both. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Niky and thanks for the great party!

  5. I used to be avidly against decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I have decided it’s ok to combine the two and enjoy both holidays as part of the season. I have been hearing that Christmas decor makes a big difference in your mood, so why not treat yourself to happiness! I have enjoyed seeing houses and yards proudly decked out early this year and it does make me smile! Thanks so much for hosting, and choosing my Holiday Cranberry Swiss Almond Spread for a feature, it instantly became a new favorite. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

    1. I like the way you think, Jenna. Yes, I’ve also read the benefits of the cozy lighting and holiday feels, and I agree with you. I want them up as long as I can. 🙂
      Can’t wait to try your Cranberry dip on THanksgiving!

  6. Thanks so much for the feature! Yes, I guess you and I are having the same dilemma with the holidays! Let’s give Thanksgiving the attention it deserves…and then we can dive into the Christmas frenzy! Thanks again and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. We have no plans for Thanksgiving this year due to my husband’s work schedule, so I am actually planning to start the Christmas decorations during the Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you have a blessed holiday, my friend!


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