A Short Season for Thanksgiving Decorations
I’ve really dragged my feet putting away favorite Thanksgiving figures. Although I love to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, themajor downside is them all occurring back-to-back, over three months.
Some years it feels like I barely got things up before its time to put them away – and move on to the next holiday. That was especially true of Thanksgiving this year, which came really early. Even though we went to out-of-town to enjoy the feast with family, there were still five days left in November after we got back!
Today, I thought I’d share favorite Pilgrim and Native American Thanksgiving figures with you, before they are tucked away for another year.
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Carolers Are Not Just for Christmas
This Pilgrim family normally decorate the painted chest in the front hall. They were the first Byers’ Choice Carolers in my collection that weren’t Christmas Dickens figures.
Here, is the Indian family preparing to join the Thanksgiving feast. Their normal home is on the marble table in the living room.
It’s not uncommon for me to incorporate the Byer’s Carolers into a Thanksgiving centerpiece, as I did in Cornucopia Takes Center Stage on Thanksgiving Table.
The seasonal figures make regular appearances on my holiday table.
For a number of years, I always hosted book club in November. The group liked to gather here then, because they enjoyed seeing my Thanksgiving decorations.
I’ve had numerous people tell me I’m the only person they know who has Pilgrim and Native American figures. Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday? Or, because I love to decorate for every seasons and holiday? Or both?
Thanksgiving Figures Throughout The House
Like the Byer’s Choice, other seasonal figures often grace my Thanksgiving and fall tablescapes.
Here, a corn husk American Indian couple decorate the Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty Table.
There are more Pilgrim and Native American figures throughout the family room and kitchen. These corn husk Indians were amongst my first Thanksgiving decorations.
Actually that’s not true. The first, were the ones my sons made in nursery school. Some are even featured in Casual Thanksgiving Tableware Decorates Home.
Normally, gracing the fireplace mantel is this heartwarming Native Indian couple I found them on clearance at a department store, while Christmas shopping. I love their simplicity and natural color. Faces, hands, feet and corn are made of wood and look hand carved. Although quite tall, they’re very lightweight.
Of all my Thanksgiving figures, this Native American couple are my favorite.
Also occupying the family room are this Lizzie High Pilgrim couple. They usually occupy the top shelf of the French baking rack. I also have a Lizzie Halloween witch and St. Patrick’s Day little boy.
Do you have any Lizzie High dolls?
I haven’t seen a Lizzie in any local gift or boutique store in a number of years, and thought they had gone out of business. But, they recently launched a website for the family run business located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. That’s the same area Byers’ Choice is based. My husband and I purchased our first Dickens Caroler while visiting Peddler’s Village outside of Philadelphia. That entire area is a wonderful place to explore, including fabulous New Hope. So much to do and see there. Have you ever been there?
Even in the Kitchen!
Moving into the kitchen, you’ll find Muffy and Hoppy in the glassware cabinet, currently dressed as Pilgrim and Indian figures. Thanksgiving is all about a feast, why wouldn’t you find them in my kitchen?
Muffy VanderBear and Hoppy VanderHare are made by North American Bears. They originated in 1984. I have seasonal outfits for them for many holidays. I thought they were retired too, but discovered a website that lists current and collectible figures. Like Byers’ and Lizzie, Muffy and Hoppy figures are posted on eBay. But, I don’t think of them as collectibles. Off go the tags and protective packaging!.
I love how the company names the bear and rabbit figures. In this Indian outfit, the rabbit is called Pocahoppy. Although they stay in the lighted glassware cabinet most of the time, Muffy and Hoppy have been known to decorate a kids’ Thanksgiving table. Some day I hope to have grandchildren to play with them.
New to my Thanksgiving figures is this Pilgrim couple found at Trax Farms. They were included in Casual Thanksgiving Tableware Decorates Home too, where they mix with brown transferware on a kitchen shelf.
Well, it’s time to say farewell until next year to my Thanksgiving figures. A new cast of characters of nutcrackers, Santa’s, elves and more are about to take over. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit. Time to deck the halls!
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