Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations

by blackspanielgallery

Thanksgiving outdoor decorations can be simple, and even be inexpensive. Perhaps adding to the festivities at your home would delight many.

Outdoor Thanksgiving decorations are more difficult to find than either Christmas decorations or Halloween decorations. The problem is timing. Thanksgiving in the United states falls after Halloween, and before Christmas. Stores commit shelf space to Halloween decorations, then replace them with Christmas decorations. There is simply little shelf space left for Thanksgiving decorations. It is, however, possible to find a variety of Thanksgiving decorations online.

The other problem is the nature of the holiday. It is a family event. The main focus is family, and there is often a shared feast. People do decorate indoors for small children to enjoy, or for a pleasant setting for the family gathering. But, there is no Thanksgiving season. The event is one-day long. And, in the United States it is too close to Christmas for extensive decorating. The Christmas decorations go up right after Thanksgiving, leaving little time to remove decorative items.

What Is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United states, and there is a Canadian Thanksgiving holiday on a different day.  Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October while Thanksgiving in the United States is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.


While the focus is on family and a repast, the histories of the two days are somewhat uncertain.  The evolved purpose of the holiday is to give thanks, and is timed with the fall harvest.  It would seem a religious characteristic would be normal, and while some families do give thanks to God, our current society has not made this universal.


Thanksgiving parades are traditional.  Now, Thanksgiving football is being pushed,  This is nothing new, but it is becoming excessive.  Parades are fine, but too much football detracts from the holiday.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations – Decorative Flags

Decorative flags are inexpensive, and can be placed in a garden easily.  Some people have a permanent place assigned for a decorative flag, and change the flag according to the season.  This is something simple that can be set up in minutes with little effort.  Flags can also be taken down with little effort. 


For those with no room for a garden, add a flag to a flower pot.  This method can be used even if the only outdoor area available is a porch or balcony.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations – Door Wreaths

A fall door wreath works well.  Some even have a Thanksgiving theme.  But, if there is no theme, just add a Thanksgiving themed decorative piece to a fall wreath.


The fall wreath can be changed to a Christmas wreath right after Thanksgiving.  A wreath is a simple, fast, and easy decoration.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations – Door Greeters

Have a pumpkin, not a Jack-O-Lantern, set alongside a door.  Or, set a cornucopia of fall vegetables such as decorative squash near a door.  These do not have to be real.  In fact, the idea of wasting real food as decorations is not wise. 

Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations – Inflatable Lawn Pieces

Inflatable decorations have caught on.  The problem with them is cost, many inflatables are expensive.  There is no need to go to this extent decorating for Thanksgiving, unless it is for the enjoyment of your children or grandchildren.  But, if a child wants one, they are available. 


While outdoor Thanksgiving decorations are less elaborate than Christmas or Halloween decorations, they can add to the festive mood.  And, since most are inexpensive, it is something well worth consideration.

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Updated: 09/13/2018, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 09/28/2018

Inflatables ae often overpowering due to their size. Some people like them, but they can be disproportional to other decorations.

AngelaJohnson on 09/28/2018

When I was in grade school, we made Thanksgiving decorations from colored construction paper, but we didn't decorate in our home. I've seen the inflatable outdoor decorations, although mostly for Halloween and Christmas. They're not for me; I like the more traditional decorations like the wreaths. The flags and outdoor decorations on stakes are nice, too.

blackspanielgallery on 09/15/2018

I had to sample the wreaths. There are many more.

Veronica on 09/14/2018

My daughter in law visited tonight and I told her about the Autumn/fall wreaths . We are both going to make one for our doors. Thank you.

blackspanielgallery on 09/14/2018

I do not personally use inflatables, they are too big. The things that symbolize Thanksgiving are the turkey, the cornucopia, and the Pilgrim. The story is the Native Americans joined the Pilgrims with a feast. This is probably sanitized from whatever really happened. In any event, if the Native Americans did indeed bring food, it might have meant survival for the Pilgrims.
I understand the Canadian Thanksgiving was to give thanks that they were not from the United States. We must remember they had an opportunity to join the American Revolution, and decided to remain loyal to King George III.
Now, both celebrations have evolved into family gatherings and a feast.

Veronica on 09/14/2018

I have always been fascinated by American Thanksgiving as we don't have such a thing here.

there are some lovely ideas here and some not quite to my taste. The Fall Wreaths are just stunning and would look lovely on my front door. I think I will make one for Autumn. I have a Christmas one and Easter one … why not Autumn /Fall?

Whatever people choose it is a lovely thing to give thanks and celebrate together.

Beautiful ideas. TY for posting .

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