Then the tress of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord. I Chronicles 16:33a
When the leaves on the trees change to vibrant red, orange, and yellow, that’s what I imagine they are doing….rejoicing passionately before the Lord! Rejoicing in the new season!
These are simple things that I do to create a warm and inviting home that not only welcomes my friends, but welcomes the season.
- Create an inviting entrance by hanging a wreath on the front door. Wreaths can range in price a great deal. I bought this one at a craft fair for a reasonable price several years ago.
- I decorate the front steps with an array of mums, pumpkins, gourds, apples, and scarecrows. (I usually find two corn stalks to attach to the column but haven’t found any this year.) I became discouraged when some of mums didn’t bloom so brightly or as often as I wanted. So I confess that some of my mums are artificial ones! Shhhh…let’s keep that our little secret. Don’t forget a great fall flag.
- I change the cushions on the wicker furniture on my front porch to green and orange. My newest edition was bought this season—the cutest little owl, from Cracker Barrel. Cushions positioned on the chairs seem to say, sit for a while.
- The mantle is a focal point in our kitchen. A few colored leaves in the existing centerpiece add a splash of fall amidst the white pumpkins.
- My kitchen table is the most used space in the entire house so this center piece is important. The hurricane-type candle holders, from Southern Living at Home, I’ve had for several years. Just toss in some autumn leaves and a pumpkin and…fall is here!
- Fresh coffee mugs, an autumn dish towel, and a pumpkin spice labeled coffee canister say, “Good morning! It’s a crisp, colorful day!” Have cider on hand for the kiddos.
- From the kitchen window I hang a scare crow bird house. I intentionally place his face towards the kitchen window. His expression just cracks me up! Another great way to start the day.
- I always put out something my children created when they were young. It makes me feel good to reflect on their creations, but makes me feel even better when I watch my three grown children reminisce. (A blog coming soon… a Thanksgiving Keepsake Craft!) Then I change out the picture in the frame to a seasonal childhood picture.
- Finally, I light a candle to delight the senses! This year I thought I’d save money by purchasing an off-brand candle for $5.00 at the drugstore. It turns out that I wasted $5.00 instead of saving because the candle didn’t even fragrance the room. So I headed over the Bed, Bath, and Beyond and purchased a Pumpkin Spice Yankee candle that was the “fragrance of the month” and therefore, on sale. I used my additional 20% coupon I received in the mail for additional savings.
10. And for the children and grandchildren? Collect your fall and Thanksgiving children’s books and place into a basket. Making them visible and attractive will encourage reading.
I would love to hear about your ideas too! Blessing on this day, this season, and your family!