Simple Ways to Create a Cozy Thanksgiving

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gabby Hatten

As we are getting into the thick of the holiday season, many of us are excited to gather with family and friends to celebrate. This year, times have changed for a lot of people. Our pockets are smaller and the world is a lot heavier. So I say let’s take a different approach and use the beauty of nature to create a cozy atmosphere. Let’s scale back the commercialization and get creative with what we have. Whether it’s through DIY decor, from-scratch cooking, crafts for the kids, or simple expressions of gratitude- there are countless ways to make this holiday special without spending a lot of money or relying on store-bought items. So, join me as we explore some creative ideas for creating a cozy Thanksgiving that will be adored by all.

The Importance of Gratitude and Simplicity

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have and spend time with loved ones. Instead of worrying about fancy decorations or what we don’t have, let’s appreciate the beauty of nature and focus on what we do have. We can even use things we find outside to make DIY crafts and decorations. By keeping things simple and being grateful for what we have, we can make our Thanksgiving celebrations stress-free, cozy and simply serene.

Let’s freshen up and take a look at gratitude.

A feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.

Seems pretty simple, right? Yet how often do we get caught up in the roller coaster of life and only seem to see what we don’t yet have or what we’re working towards? If you want to start your day on the right foot, take some time to write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for.

Now, let’s get into what simplicity means.

The quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.

There’s not much simple about life, is there? Not when it comes to things we can’t control, anyway. So how do we act upon the desire for simplicity?

For starters, only worry about what you can control. You know what falls under that umbrella? Thanksgiving and any holiday for that matter.

DIY Crafts with Natural Materials

Everyone’s environment is different. Get out and explore your surroundings! It’s amazing what you can find. For this example, I’ll be using items you can find nearly everywhere- Here are some craft ideas that use fallen leaves, pinecones, and acorns:

  1. Leaf garland: Forage fallen leaves & tie them together to create a natural garland perfect for hanging across a mantel, doorway, or window.
  2. Pinecone bird feeder: Coat a pinecone in peanut butter, then roll it in birdseed. Hang the pinecone outside and watch the birds enjoy.
  3. Acorn wreath: Glue acorns onto a wreath form (or make a wreath out of sticks and twigs) to create a rustic wreath for your front door.
  4. Leaf prints: Paint the underside of a leaf, then press it onto paper or fabric to create a beautiful leaf print. This is especially fun for the littles!
  5. Pinecone fire starters: Melt wax in a double boiler, then dip pinecones into the wax. Sprinkle with herbs or dried flowers. Let them dry and then use them as fire starters for your next bonfire or fireplace.
  6. Leaf lanterns: Use a leaf to create a stencil, then cut out the leaf shape from tissue paper. Glue the tissue paper onto a jar and place a candle inside to create a leaf lantern.

Homemade Thanksgiving Meal

Contrary to popular belief, your Thanksgiving meal does not need to be expensive! Just think about the gist of the food… potatoes, canned vegetables, and bread galore! Don’t wait until the last minute to get your grocery shopping done, buy a little at a time in advance. Want to cut cost? Make your bread items from scratch.

I will have some great, affordable thanksgiving recipes coming soon

The smell of roasting turkey fills the air, As we gather ’round the table with care. Our hands are busy, chopping and stirring, Creating a feast that’s truly alluring.
The potatoes are mashed with butter and cream, The gravy is thick, a cook’s perfect dream. The stuffing is savory, with herbs and spice, And the cranberry sauce adds a touch of nice.
We sit down to eat, our hearts full of grace, As we remember the loved ones in this place. We give thanks for the food and the company here, For the memories we’ve made and will hold dear.
The flavors of fall, the warmth of the fire, The love in our hearts, a feeling we desire. This meal from scratch, a labor of love, Brings comfort and joy, like a warm, cozy hug.
So let us give thanks, for this bountiful spread, For the love and the joy, and the memories we’ve bred. May this meal from scratch, bring back the warmth and cheer, Of Thanksgivings past, that we hold so dear.

Gabby Hatten

When creating a cozy Thanksgiving…

Keep it simple, it’s all in the ambiance! Nature is your best friend, use whatever you can find for an easy rustic look. Turn off those fluorescents and light some moody candles! Get the kids involved. Let them partake in the crafts mentioned and let them help you in the kitchen! Most importantly, don’t forget what it’s really about. Be thankful and show your love & gratitude for the amazing people in your life.

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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