Making Thanksgiving Designs: Tips & Tricks

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Posted on September 15, 2021 by Giada Buccarella
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In this article today we will talk about a holiday that is deeply felt and celebrated in various forms in various parts of the world .. it is Thanksgiving! This is a holiday celebrated in several countries, but today we will focus on Thanksgiving as it’s celebrated in America.

We have chosen to write about this very popular festival to offer a source of inspiration for your creativity, but also to inform.

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday in America, for popularity and production and profit, almost at the same level as Christmas, and it is perhaps, together with the 4th of July, one of the best known American holidays. It is a pagan holiday, therefore celebrated by every American and is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day is commonly traced back to 1621 when in the city of Plymouth, Massachusetts, the pilgrim fathers gathered to thank the Lord for the good harvest.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the celebration of Thanksgiving, which has since become an annual holiday.

The History of Thanksgiving

The origin of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 and is directly linked to the events of the Pilgrim Fathers: when some fundamental principles that formed the basis of the Anglican church were questioned by the religious group of the Pilgrim Fathers, they began to be persecuted. To escape this persecution, they decided to embark – North America and Canada – on the famous British ship Mayflower which landed on the shores of present-day Massachusetts. Here they found lands inhabited until then only by Native Americans and, above all, a wild territory and very cold winter temperatures that put them to the test so much that many of them could not survive the winter.

The Pilgrim Fathers had brought with them some seeds of the products they used to consume in England, but such a different climate and soil did not allow them to take root and offer food to feed on. The Native Americans came to their aid and introduced him to which products to grow, especially corn, and which animals to raise, especially turkeys. Thanks to the help of the indigenous peoples, the Pilgrim Fathers managed to obtain a good harvest by setting aside a lot of corn, beans, barley, and pumpkins and managing to survive the following winter. Given the abundance of harvested products, they decided to celebrate with a special prayer to thank God for having granted them health and food in abundance.

Tradition and Culture

Thanksgiving tradition has it that it is celebrated at home in the company of loved ones and close friends. Furthermore, it is not unusual to offer food and attention to neighbors or less fortunate people, precisely because it is a very supportive and hospitable party and very much felt at the community level.

We want to emphasize and remind you that Thanksgiving anticipates Black Friday by just a few days, which is a prodromal moment for the purchase of Christmas gifts, and therefore an important economic moment on a global scale.

Tradition has it that we stay together and eat a family meal so the preparation of food and traditional dishes is of fundamental importance. The table is set and the house is decorated with care, all in the smallest details, from the dishes to the centerpiece. After all, it is as if it were an early Christmas.

The protagonist of Thanksgiving Day is the turkey that cannot be missing on the Thanksgiving table: Every family has their recipe but generally, the turkey is stuffed with abundant spices both inside and outside, vegetables, sausage pork, mushrooms, chestnuts, blueberries, prunes, walnuts, which is then sprinkled with gravy sauce. It is served whole at the table and then cut into pieces and offered accompanying it with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, turnips, beets, and roasted corn on the cob sprinkled with melted butter. As an accompaniment, the tradition also brings the famous Cornbread, a very spongy bread, and finally the desserts, such as the classic Apple Pie  Pumpkin Pie , brownies, and Pecan Pie. (Are you hungry already?)

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The Symbols of Culture and Tradition

Again we find the pumpkin, queen of the Halloween and Thanksgiving scene, but also all the typical products of the harvest: corn, fruit such as apples and grapes, vine plants and maple leaves, hazelnuts, walnuts, and spices such as cinnamon but also everything that refers to a rural and agricultural universe.

Other classic symbols can be found in animals such as owls and turkey, but also the representation of Native Americans. It must be kept in mind that in the history of Thanksgiving there are two profoundly different cultures such as that of the English pilgrims who meet the Native Americans therefore it is a mixture of the two worlds which however have in common the frugality, the simplicity, paganism, and nature.

In the most emotional and abstract symbolism, there is certainly family warmth, love and solidarity.

Colors of Thanksgiving

A holiday like Thanksgiving is infused with warm, bright, vibrant colors. The classic earth colors, and the shades of the setting sun, but also all browns, yellows, oranges, and yellows, but also reds.

Unlike other holidays such as Halloween where colors can be easily elaborated but also experimented, and where playing with colors suddenly can be a creative journey with a high probability of success, Thanksgiving is a theme where you can stray too far from the classic palette may be a bit if a risk.

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Let’s see together now some possible ideas to offer on Thanksgiving for 2021!

1. Greeting Cards

As already mentioned, thanksgiving is a party where you are in the family but it is also a time to remind us of those around us and those we love. It is the right time to offer print templates or printable greeting cards to edit easily!

2. Printable decorations

A key moment of thanksgiving is lunch. Why not try making some printable place cards or printable wall decorations?

3. Everything planners

Needless to specify more, all journaling and planning enthusiasts love to decorate their diaries with stickers, washi tapes, dashboards, and more.

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4. Printable wall art

Wall or desk prints to give to whom we love as a souvenir of this thanksgiving 2021, considering that many families have been away due to the pandemic and that thanksgiving is often a way to meet  our loved ones who live thousands of kilometers from us, and it could be the right occasion to donate a handmade  gift!

5. Digital Invitations

Digital invitations, which can be sent simply from your phone or PC, are a fantastic idea to offer to your followers! We must always keep in mind that Thanksgiving is an opportunity to meet at a community and family level, and today more than ever our smartphones have replaced almost every high-end device, especially all correspondence. Digital invitations are currently used a lot, but remember to create invitations that are editable by users, where everyone can insert their own text!

5. Printable checklists

Having a printable checklist for thanksgiving shopping can make the difference, as can a home cleaning checklist and a financial checklist to keep the costs of the upcoming Black Friday under control! We also want to remind that it may be the right time to propose printable planners for 2022 or even 2022-2023!

These are just a small portion of ideas that we are sharing, but the possibilities are endless! What are you going to create for this thanksgiving? Leave a comment and share your ideas with us!


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