My husband and I both love Thanksgiving. We decorate the house on November 1. As is the case with most of our furnishings, we have some things that are quite tasteful. We also have some things others might consider tacky. We have never been slaves to the trends and brand names of the moment. We surround ourselves with things we like. Whenever we purchase any new item for the house there are two criteria: 1) do you like it and want to see it every day; and 2) can you afford to pay cash for it. We never consider what others might think.
One of our more tacky holiday decorations is a large stuffed turkey. He sits on a very old chair that belonged to my husband's great aunt. An unmarried woman, independent in a time when women were not usually so, she owned a hat shoppe in New York City in the early 1900s. She traveled unchaperoned to Europe to order goods for the shoppe. She used this chair in her shoppe to display various hats of the day. Actually, the chair is a bit eclectic, but then again, so was Great Aunt Catherine and so is our house. So we love the chair and give Tom (what else would you name a big stuffed turkey?) a royal throne for a month.
As Tom sits there with his goofy look, we know he is thankful he's not a real turkey. We're having a small turkey since we're not having guests. We always buy an organic, grain fed, antibiotic free, happy farm turkey. The turkey lived a great life right up until the minute they killed him for our Thanksgiving Dinner.
Be grateful for your blessings in life. There are more than you think.