Fall trees The Beauty of Thanksgiving

I think I would have to call Thanksgiving my favorite holiday, not only does it fall during my favorite season, it’s when we gather family and friends into our home and cook, eat, drink, listen to music and share good conversations.

The preparation before everyone shows up is part of the fun – my parents come early to help with the set up and decoration of the Color Shed, the YOLO studio where we eat Thanksgiving dinner.

Inside Color Shed The Beauty of Thanksgiving

YOLO Color Shed - photo by Leela Cyd Ross

My mom is a floral designer, so she is in charge of the arrangements for the table.  We like to forage around our yard and beyond for seasonal foliage, this time of year it’s a little challenging, but if you’re willing to look at things a little differently, there’s a cornucopia out there for the picking.

dried foliage The Beauty of Thanksgiving

virginia creeper The Beauty of Thanksgivingbeauty berries The Beauty of Thanksgivingberries The Beauty of ThanksgivingAfter seeing what we have to work with, we usually supplement with flowers or greenery from a local flower shop.  And then, Mom does her magic…..

purple arrangement The Beauty of Thanksgiving

tall arrangement The Beauty of Thanksgiving

Besides the big feast and gathering, I’m partial to Thanksgiving because it’s a time when I reflect about my loved ones and think about how fortunate and grateful I am to have such wonderful people in my life.  And I’m especially grateful for my mom and dad who have always shown me the beauty and importance of this holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Color shed on Thanksgiving The Beauty of Thanksgiving