I can’t believe it is November 1st, can you? This morning I started thinking about all there is to do before our guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve got to ask: Have you made Thanksgiving before, or are you new at this? I have made it before, but as I mentioned to you a few weeks ago – I am rusty at it – and nervous!We also have a St. Lucia’s–Winter Solstice party scheduled for December 17th at The Country House, so there will be plenty of decorating and holiday bakery to do between Thanksgiving and the 17th! I already designed our holiday card. It’s our tradition to send out a happy New Year card each year. I put the finishing touches on the design this morning. Stop me. I am absolutely getting ahead of myself!I have been dying to do grey and gold letterpress ever since I suggested it to my Napa California bride last Spring. Unfortunately, they didn’t end up going through with the wedding and I am sitting on some of the most exquisite wedding stationery designs in grey and gold. Needless to say, I think glimmering gold translates into holiday – so it will become our color scheme this year. It is a nice departure from the light and bright orange and aqua color story that I selected for us last year.As it pertains to holiday decorations: I’ve been loving having ceramic Halloween jack o’lantern luminaries lining our steps during the month of October –especially with the power outage– which sent me on a hunt At West End.I thought I remembered that they had lanterns with a Winter or Holiday theme. Low and behold, they have both! First I found these Christmas Tree luminaries in Green, White, and Red…And then I found something that is better yet! At West End has Star Luminaries in Red, White, and Blue. The three together look very 4th of July to me. So, I am thinking that if I plan it right I will be able to make these lanterns work double duty, both as Americana in the Summertime and as Holiday in the Wintertime. Question is: do I do all white, or do I mix white and blue or red and white?Fact is, the holidays are going to be here before we know it. I suppose if these decorations are going up and the cards are going out, this is the time to be thinking about it! Have you started thinking about the festivities to come over the next few months?