Welcome to Around the Thanksgiving Table
I love Thanksgiving! It is probably my favorite holiday. I love how it is centered around sitting at the table! And boy, in our culture these days with our busy schedules and our kitchen islands we rarely sit around the table!
Why is sitting around the table so important?
We have all heard the research that has been done by the American Psychological Association where their studies found that adjusted teens ( teens that were well-adjusted, had better peer and adult relationships, did better and school and of course are less prone to depression and drug use) ate dinner around the table an average of 5 days a week! So, how is it that the “table” is so important? Why is it so important?
GOD DESIGNED THE FIRST TABLE
Seriously! It’s true.
God was even in the details of the table, He instructed Moses to make plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as pitchers and bowls. We still use the same dimensions for our tables today that God gave Moses. That amazes me!
Now for my favorite part, the part of the story in the Bible that totally inspired me as a mom and a wife and a friend.
God then said, ” Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times”. The “bread of the presence”, what is that? Well, in the New Testament Jesus called himself the “bread of life”… Stick with me, we are going to put this all together in a minute…
Even if you are not familiar with church or the Bible, we have all heard about the last supper and know what communion is. During Jesus’ last meal on earth he said as often as you eat…remember me. Jesus did not mean that we were only to remember him once a month at a church communion event, he meant every time we sit to eat that we should remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.
In the book of Proverbs it says “She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set the table”. It this verse “she” is actually “wisdom”. It is wisdom to think ahead and to plan what your family will eat and to set a table, why? Because when we gather friends and family around the table and say a prayer ( thanking Jesus for what he did for us) something supernatural happens. God’s presence fills the table and he helps to strengthen the relationships around the table.
Isn’t that amazing?
Think about it. Just sitting around the table at Thanksgiving and laughing and telling stories and just having a blast, was actually designed by God! A place where peace, and joy are expressed and we feel a part of a family. There is more to this story, but I am going to save it for Thanksgiving, so if you want to read more about the first table come back next week.
Ok, I know that for this post you came to see a Thanksgiving tablescape.
Yesterday, I shared my neutral table design. You can see the whole post here.
Here is the same table with a touch of green inspired by these cute little pears I found at Pier 1
here is another peak at the table without the pears. Which setting do you like better?
Or maybe you like more of a rustic table like this one.
layering wood is the secret to creating more of a “rustic feel”.
One of the reasons I love blogging so much is because I have a record of past holiday decor! Here is one of my first tablescapes. I is still my favorite actually. I used a blanket throw for a tablecloth. Which is perfect for texture and to create a cozy table!
I have the same table today, but gave it a major facelift. You can check out how I updated this table here. To date is my favorite before and after project!
No matter how you set your table for Thanksgiving or week night family dinner, whether it is with fine china or pretty paper plates, that is not what matters most. What is the most important part of your table is that you are actually sitting around it! If you would like to know about the first table and it’s purpose, sign up for my email below and I will send it right to your email next week!
And go visit the amazing bloggers( I know I say that all the time in a blogger’s tour, but some of these ladies have become friends and I just adore them!) below and get even more inspiration! Just click on the blog name and be directed right to the blogs!