THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US
We have less than 3 months to go!
It's time to start thinking and planning for the most exciting time of the year.
Our traditional holidays are rooted in the past, historically, religiously and socially. They combine into a celebration of the season: Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years together. Importantly, we enjoy all three by getting together with our families and friends. So over the years with many influences from the cultures that meld together in the United States, the Holiday Season is manifested in three ways: the scents, the decor, and dining.
First on the calendar is Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. In 1863, at the height of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made it a formal holiday by proclaiming the third Thursday in November a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father." Today Thanksgiving is very important to us all: we often travel many miles to be together at this special time. "Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go" where we enjoy those traditional scents and flavors, decorate in traditional colors and themes, and eat - oftentimes too much - traditional foods laid out on festive and sumptuous tables,
Let's take a walk into a home where preparations are being made for the festivities, incorporating those main elements of THE HOLIDAYS. Before you even open the door, you smell Thanksgiving. So what scents do we use in the home to tell us it is Thanksgiving time? Spice, vanilla, honey, nuts all appear in the Thanksgiving pantheon of smells and tastes. Step back and inhale Thanksgiving!
Our luxurious French soaps and lotions speak volumes and capture them for you in the home with little additional cost. You get lots of bang for your buck. Put them in your visiting family bathrooms, display them in the powder room, give them as parting gifts to preserve the time together. And a lavender candle is most welcoming in a small room creating a natural, homey scent while family and friends camp out in your home. Here at Cadeaux de France, we have made a special effort to provide these Fall tones in several different ways for you.
Regardez just a couple of the seasonal Pré de Provence product selections!
The dining room is the next stop on our tour is the dining room where everyone meets to break bread and enjoy the conviviality of family and friends. Here Decor and Dining go hand-in-hand to create the holiday experience. The focal point of Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, the dinner table.
Create a homey and warm ambiance from our selection of gorgeous seasonal table settings. From tablecloths, round, square or rectangle, to table runners to large serviettes (napkins), our selections capture the essence of the holiday with flair and beauty. Your table setting is you. Spend some time creating your table; express yourself! Our table linens are the finest quality, perfect for a holiday celebration. Plaisirs de L'Automne by Garnier Thiebaut is my first Fall choice. It is stylish and yet traditional and, oh, so beautiful. All of the others that we show are lovely as well.
And don't forget those torchons - kitchen towels - you will need for all that cooking and cleaning up that you will be doing.
The finishing touch for your Thanksgiving table can be the lovely Laguiole cutlery we carry. The flatware collections have a traditional aura while being chic at the very same time. Don't forget the matching serving spoons, carving sets, etc. for a finishing touch.
Now the family sits back to relax into a shopping marathon. In one day of shopping on Cadeaux de France website, a lovely and welcoming Thanksgiving home is yours. It is all at your fingertips!
Part II of Leta's Meandering Holiday thoughts will follow shortly. We will take a look at Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years, two holiday so close together as to almost be one.