Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tacky Turkey

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.


Deborah said...

That is one big stuffed turkey!
That is cool about your husband great aunt, my grandmother was very independent like that.She would buy and sell homes before it was fashionable to do that and she worked full time as a waitress and raise four children and her three daughters are big business women. Go figure! Women before their time. You have to love them.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tina said...

That is the way we should all see our turkeys...fabric, stuffed and sitting in a! I am not a fan of turkey..but love all the trimmings!!

Vicki Lane said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

My great grandmother was a milliner in Troy, Alabama and traveled to New York as buyer for the local department store. My grandmother always spoke of her with awe -- for her independence.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Aunt Catherine sounds like a woman ahead of her time. Love the chair...and I think Tom is really cute!!!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I love your stuffed Tom! Especially his knobby legs and toes.

I hope you and hubby have a wonderful Thanksgiving- restful and tasty!
Do the Golden Girls get a little taste?

LOL! As I'm typing this comment at the kitchen table a large flock of Canada Geese flew low over the house, seeming to barely clear our big maple out back. Then nI scrolled down to see this word verification:


Kelly said...

...haha!! He is a bit tacky, but wonderful. We decorate for Thanksgiving too...tomorrow is the big day. My son, my mom and I will cook all day together. It's one of my favorite days of the year! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

robin andrea said...

I like traditions, like your stuffed turkey sitting on his chair for November. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Cicero Sings said...

Happy Thanksgiving ... our own seems long past. Tom the Turkey looks quite proud to be sitting in such a fine chair AND pleased with himself to be avoiding the roasting pan.

Rudee said...

Tom's not tacky, he's adorable. I love that chair!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

abb said...

I like the way you view turkeys. Our bird will be the same, well, at least the 2 I buy.

What a neat old chair! Tom has quite the roost!

George said...

I like Tom -- I don't think he's tacky at all.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Barbie ♥ said...

Looks to me like Tom Turkey has the perfect spot right there on Auntee's special chair!
Have wonderful Thanksgiving - your house sounds like fun all through November!

The Thundering Herd said...

Chuckling - we love your rules of the house. We don't live on pretense, but on what is fun to do. We think the turkey is great!

Our family for years did not even eat turkey for Thanksgiving - we ate seafood. It was a tradition to go to Charleston for the weekend and we ate at R.B.'s, at the time one of the few places open on Thanksgiving Day. But that was a long time ago.

Tomorrow, we will gather at my parents house, my sister, bro-in-law and nephew to join us from Charlotte.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Jeannette StG said...

Love your tacky turkey! Happy Thanksgiving day -easy with the pies:)

Valerie Cummings said...

HI there! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs Joey and Kealani

troutbirder said...

Happy Thanksgiving Carolyn. I really like you Turkey. He looks pretty safe for tomorrow considering the day.

Twisted Fencepost said...

My house is the same...eclectic. Nothing really matches. Just the things I love here.
Love Tom and his throne!
Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

Sam said...

You sound a lot like my mom, who loves any little cute things she can find for the house, simply because they make HER happy.

Have a great holiday tomorrow!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Carolyn, We have some 'tacky' (we like them) stuff in our home also this time of year. We have a stuffed turkey sitting on the dining room table. We also have some pumpkin people sitting near the fireplace... Cute--just like yours!!!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jayne said...

LOL Carolyn... love your chair turkey! Today, I am counting your lovely blog in my daily blessings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ruth said...

I like stories of strong, independent women. And I prefer furniture that comes with a good story. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Cedar ... said...

Here's to Great Aunt Catherine,... my kind of woman! Love her chair and I love "Tom!"