Random thoughts on a chilly November that’s about to turn into December morning:

1. How was your Thanksgiving? I cooked a turkey in a turkey roaster (mostly to free up space in my oven) and my life has been forever Thanksgiving changed.

2. Did you see that there weren’t many lines for Black Friday? Most people just stayed home and shopped online (KariAnne I’m looking at you). Did you go out? Were there crowds?

3. We are adding greenery to the outside of the house this morning. I added pointsettias in giant urns and these giant Ho Ho Ho pillows on the front porch. Pictures coming to the blog soon.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. The twins shared their gift guide and I shared my favorite things that are on sale this weekend and we talked about the 12 Days of Christmas and how to decorate a table with them.

5. Have you watched the latest season of The Crown? I have it on my list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

6. I’m drinking coffee from a Santa mug. Life is amazing.

And now?

Let’s go.

It’s Thistlekeeping the Christmas edition.

This beautiful Christmas wreath.

These colors are so pretty together.

See the wreath DIY here.

This beautiful flocked Christmas tree.

I love the cranberry with the white.

Take the entire room tour here.

And y’all.

These are bookmark gift toppers.

Isn’t that the cutest idea?

You can make your own here.

And these adorable plaid trees.

Simple idea you can make in minutes.

You can see the DIY idea here.

I made some trees that were similar from felt and twigs here.


And in random news:

This printable advent village

This idea for leftover greens

This rural retreat in Finland

Three choices that you can make today to make your life better

These are so cute

These designer holiday mantels

These DIY glitter snowflakes

This blue and white Christmas tree

This clever wall art idea

These homemade oatmeal cream pies

I might make these for the family gift exchange (shhhhh)

And this.

This is one of the easiest and cleverest DIY gift ideas I’ve seen.

One more for the road.

I’ll end with a story.

In a weekend full of shopping and eating and decorating, sometimes you just need to slow down with a story.

If you ever wondered where it all began?

It started here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thank you for all the great ideas and stories!๐Ÿ˜€ Have not watched the Crown yet- too busy trying to keep up with the Christmas movies๐Ÿ˜ƒ. There were lots of crowds shopping here in Southern California ๐Ÿ˜” especially outlet centers- yes covid is surging. We saw the traffic snarls and crowds of people while returning from work.

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Oh, my goodness! The best Thistlekeeping today!! Always the best way to start my Saturday morning! And, I love the new photo of you two. Sharing shopping local ideas today to help local businesses out over here!

  3. Image for Kim | Shiplap and Shells Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I can't wait to read more about your Lee press on nails love story! I need to start watching the Crown. I think I'm the only person that hasn't seen it yet. Love this so much, always so fun to read Thistlekeeping on a Saturday morning!

  4. Image for Donna Donna

    The wreath is amazing, I subscribed to her blog finally. And I knew your end story was quite the Hallmark rom-com I had already read, sweet none-the-less!!! Thanks for all your '"shares".

  5. Image for Dora Debbie Dora Debbie

    Like the plaid pretty well. But that tassel!! Where did you purchase it? I can already imagine it hanging from my dining room hutch. :)

  6. Image for Cindy@CountyRoad407 Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Wowza, today was some amazing ideas. I want to find some Christmas plaid wrapping paper! Thank you for the mini tree feature. I still love seeing those easy peasy little trees as I walk by. Merry Christmas!

  7. Image for Lori Lori

    Ok I'll add the Crown to my list to watch. I'm trying to keep up with al the Hallmark movies and the HGTV cookie challenges. I caught Christmas in Vienna and was happy to see an old Grey's Anatomy star. Beautiful scenery in that one. Oh my! Hope your Thanksgiving weekend is awesome! Love your Saturday morning posts:0)

  8. Image for Cathy D Loresch Cathy D Loresch

    That picture of you and your hubby is sweet, just want to say you weightloss is very inspiring! I can see it in your face as well, so beautiful! Keep up the great work!

  9. Image for Pam Turnbull Pam Turnbull

    A wonderful post! Went back to read your love story- such a jewel!! I love the Santa stockings in your photo!! Can you share where they are from?

  10. Image for Mary Syler Mary Syler

    Thank you so much for sharing this weekly Thistlekeeping. I have been seeking inspirations and your daughters list for teen girls was answer to my prayers. I have also pinned the book mark gift tags and advent village. The book marks will be perfect for my themed presents this year--everyone is getting books! Blessing to you and your family. You are amazing!

  11. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Now that i have had even more Christmas ideas and have my kitchen cleaned from Thanksgiving i am ready to decorate. Hope all your children made it home and you had a great day. Love Thistlekeeping and all the fun i have when reading it.

  12. Image for Sonya Sonya

    I always love reading your Thistlekeeping and this one was so good, so many wonderful ideas. I did not do any in person this Black Friday, did it all online and it was super quick and easy.

  13. Image for CoCo CoCo

    Catching up from the holiday weekend! Thank you so much for featuring my glitter ornaments, I really appreciate it. They were so much fun to make! I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to all the good things this holiday season. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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