The entire Thanksgiving holiday is centered around food—so it follows naturally that our best Thanksgiving décor ideas revolve around setting a beautiful, festive table. There’s nothing worse than centerpieces that block conversation or place cards that lead to confusion.
From creative centerpieces to perfect final touches, this collection of Thanksgiving decoration ideas is guaranteed to inspire your home this holiday. From functional kids’ tables to swanky sophisticated settings, these Thanksgiving decoration ideas are the best of the best. The only thing more impressive than your home décor will be your smoky, flavorful turkey.
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Whether or not you know someone who served in the military or you served yourself, Veterans Day is a holiday worth observing. There are around 18 million veterans living in the U.S.—here are some things to remember when honoring them on November 11.
1. DON’T CONFUSE IT WITH MEMORIAL DAY.
Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and Veterans Day (November 11) both honor the men and women who served in our nation’s military, but there’s a major difference between the holidays. While Memorial Day is reserved for those who died while serving their country, Veterans Day is a time to recognize all veterans, both the dead and the living.
2. IT USED TO HAVE A DIFFERENT NAME.
On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Armistice Day proclamation—a reference to the agreement made between the Allies and Germany to end World War I a year earlier. Congress would officially declare Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938 (most states already had their own observances). In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that officially changed the name to Veterans Day, making the holiday more inclusive of veterans who had served after and prior to the First World War.
3. THE DATE HOLDS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.
Though the date changed a few times throughout the 20th century, today Veterans Day falls on November 11 of each year. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the end of World War I, which occurred “at the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month.”
4. FEWER THAN HALF A MILLION WORLD WAR II VETERANS ARE ALIVE TODAY.
World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but many of the veterans who fought in the war are still around to thank. According to the most recent estimates, around 450,000 of the 16 million people who fought in the Second World War are alive in 2019. But The National WWII Museum estimates that around 350 pass away each day, which is why the museum is dedicated to preserving World War II history through first-hand, oral accounts.
5. NOT EVERY VETERAN FOUGHT IN A WAR.
Members of the military don’t need to fight overseas to serve their country. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly a quarter of the veterans living in America today only served during peacetime. Military missions that don’t involve war may include protecting U.S. embassies, providing natural disaster relief, and bringing medical assistance to impoverished communities.
6. THESE THREE STATES HAVE HUGE VETERAN POPULATIONS.
There are three U.S. states whose veteran populations exceed 1 million: California with 1.56 million, Texas with 1.46 million, and Florida with 1.44 million. And the states with the highest percentage of veterans are Alaska, Virginia, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Maine, all with around 10 percent of the adult population being veterans. These numbers still make up just a fraction of the country’s 18.2 million veterans, who can be found in all parts of the U.S.
7. VETERANS ARE BETTER EDUCATED.
People who served in the military tend to have completed higher levels of education than those who have not enlisted. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37.1 percent of U.S. veterans have completed some college or have an associate’s degree and 27.7 percent have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.
8. IT’S CELEBRATED IN OTHER COUNTRIES (KIND OF).
Several countries have their own holidays recognizing veterans and those who have died in wars that fall on or around November 11. But the important day goes by a different name outside the U.S.: In Canada, it’s Remembrance Day, and many in the UK observe both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
9. VETERANS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE HOMELESS.
Despite only accounting for 7 percent of the general population, veterans make up roughly 11 percent of the adult homeless population. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans reports there are more than 40,000 veterans living without homes on any given night in the U.S. Compared with the total veteran population, younger veterans are disproportionately likely to be homeless, though there are people who have served in a range of wars—including World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Afghanistan and Iraq—living on the streets, with Vietnam War-era veterans accounting for nearly half the total, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
10. MANY LEAVE THE ARMED FORCES WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.
Mental illness crops up in veterans at an alarmingly high rate. According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research in 2008, close to one-fifth of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan came home with either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. These issues can have many potential causes, but in a significant portion of veterans head injury may have been a key factor. About 7 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets have a mental health condition and also reported sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
11. YOU CAN SUPPORT VETERANS ANY TIME OF YEAR.
From picking up the tab for a veteran at your local diner or driving them to a doctor’s appointment, there are many small ways to show your gratitude to the veterans in your community. There are also plenty of charitable organizations dedicated to supporting veterans around the country. Here is a list of some of the veterans’ groups looking for donations and volunteers.
Thanks to mentalfloss.com for this article.
It’s Halloween and I’m on an Amtrak train headed to St. Louis. My morning starts with a snowstorm, the second ever on Halloween, howling wind (appropriate for the day) and biting temperatures. But I’m warm, dry and comfy aboard train #33 service to St Louis.
It’s actually a very scenic ride with the blowing snow covering the empty corn fields and surrounding trees with a layer of wintery snow. A lone coyote is spooked from its hiding spot by the train horn. By the time we reach Springfield, the snow has stopped. So much for the blizzard that was expected. In a little over 5 hours we reach our destination, St. Louis, Missouri. This is the view from the train, The famous Arch:
One can actually ride to the top of it if one wanted. I’m sure the view is spectacular.
Baseball season is over so hotel rooms are available only 3 blocks from the convention center, where the Camp is located. Thankfully, it’s warmer in St. Louis. OK for walking.
Truth be told. I have attended hundreds of conferences, conventions, and workshops but none of them ever started with morning yoga.
I wanted to do it, but my back still needed to heal from surgery. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
This being my first WordCamp, I didn’t know what to expect (yoga ?), but the sign that read, Quiet Space Here, pretty much told me that this was not going to be a cookie cutter conference.
Here is a look at the Great Hall where vendors were telling their stories, presenting free swag (lots of it), handing out brochures but in a non-hassled way. Very laid-back. The likes of Google, Bluehost, Go Daddy, Amp and about 75 more very cool suppliers were in attendance. Have a look:
This was quite early on Day one so it appears the attendance was low. Not so. I was told about 1000 were registered and at the free buffet lunch, yes all 1000 were there.
Now my opinion of the Camp and my recommendation to attend or not really depends on ones interest in the inner workings of WordPress. I’m a blogger, as most of you may call yourselves. I’m not a web designer, developer, a teckie, I don’t have a brand, or a web store and I’m not in competition with other attendees who have clients and want a bigger slice of the pie. Moreover, and here’s the biggest minus, the Camp is dedicated to those who use WordPress.org I do not, I’m a WordPress.com blogger. So most workshops were .org related and how different plug-ins and apps for .org users could help them with their sites. I was also disappointed when the Google rep told me that Google Analytics were for .org users only (But Google might be working on something for .comers). Bummer. Oh, if you love to code, this is the place for you. It’s a coders heaven. However, writers, poets, photographers, not really a place for you.
My goal in attending was to find out more about WordPress and its inner workings. I did, and I also realized that I don’t need to migrate to .org at least not yet. I also attended a workshop that made me think about what I wanted from my blog and what kind of content I wanted to present to my fellow bloggers. So I have no regrets for attending the conference. I met some extremely talented young people who courteously answered all of my dumb questions and made recommendations based on my goals for my site.
Yes, I’m glad I attended, but if you have questions about Slack, Bert, Gutenberg, Gatsby, Tide, Schema, Strategy patterns and so forth, I must excuse myself. Not my cup of tea !
Wow, what a site. I know more people would do this if they had some knowledge of what to expect. Well the folks at Columbia Clothing have some spot-on advice for those who love the outdoors, but are hesitant to try winter camping. Read on:
Camping or backpacking in the dead of winter can be cold business, but you will be rewarded with pristine, snowy wilderness, and very few people. And while cold-weather camping might frighten most people, it doesn’t have to be miserable. Here are a few tips to making your time in the wild during the deep days of winter more enjoyable.
- Eat. If you wake up cold in the middle of the night, your body most likely ran out of fuel to keep you warm. Keep a small snack next to your sleeping bag to munch on if you wake up shivering.
- Fill one of your water bottles with hot water and throw it in your sleeping bag. Not only will the hot water bottle help to keep your feet warm at night but it will also speed up the drying process for any of your gear that might have gotten wet.
- If duty calls in the middle of the night, get up and get it over with. The longer you wait, the colder you will get.
- Don’t go to bed cold. Drink some hot tea, run laps around your tent, or do a few squats and burpees before hopping into your sleeping bag for the night.
- Stuff all your clothes for the next day in the bottom of your sleeping bag and even fill in the spaces around you. This will cut down on the amount of air in your sleeping bag that your body needs to heat up, and because your body heat will warm the clothing, that also means you can put on nicely heated clothes the next morning.
- Wear a hat and dry, warm socks to bed to add some extra warmth.
- Sleep with both a closed cell foam pad and an air mattress beneath you. The closed cell foam pad will insulate you from the ground, which can suck away most of your body heat, while the air mattress will provide comfort.
In the U.S. Thanksgiving is November 28, the last Thursday in November (Also my birthday). Now is the time to get some decorating ideas percolating. Here are 10 ideas to get you started planning that wonderful get-together. This is the first of a series of ideas.
1. Thanksgiving Fruit Platter
This would look cute in the middle of all your appetizers! Check it out!
2. Thankful Pumpkin
What a great way to say what you’re thankful for! Keep this decoration for years to come! Check it out!
3. Thankful Tree
Share what you’re thankful for on pretty tree branches! Take a look!
4. White Pumpkin Centerpiece
LOVE this! It’s so simple and pretty and has a personalized touch! See it here!
5. Grater Centerpiece
Old and Rusty turned beautiful! Love this!
6. Forks, Knives & Spoons!
Cute and useful! Keep this for many years! See it here!
7. Kids Thankful Turkeys
Make the Thanksgiving Table more fun with this classic! View it here!
8. Turkey Handprint Tablecloth
Personalize your Thanksgiving! Check it out!
9. Personalized Acorns
Who would have thought! I love this idea! Find out more!
10. Classic Centerpiece
You can work off of this! I think it’s a fun start! View it here!
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and honey. Whisk in the pumpkin and oil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Alternately add portions of the flour mixture and the yogurt to the pumpkin mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. (If the loaves are overbrowning, tent with foil.) Remove from the pans and cool on a rack.
Now you know what to do with that big old pumpkin that’s been sitting around !
Truth be told, these questions could be writing prompts also, but I choose to offer them to you as conversation starters to ask a friend, partner, or yourself if it makes sense. So go to it and have fun doing it.
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