It’s no secret that I cherish the Autumn and my mostest favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving.



A “Michael-ism” is, “Don’t ever miss the opportunity to make every occasion a special event.”


To that end, I’ve had workers outside for four days installing lights and housekeepers inside polishing and prepping.


However, when it comes to the Dining Room decoration…that’s my gift to my family and each year it’s a bit different.


I physically iron the tablecloth on the table and lay the chargers, china, flatware (newly polished) and of course the Waterford. This year I created a tiered fruit compote with fairy lights and fresh greens. Michael Sull did the lettering on the place cards for me. We had 32 suspended glittering ribbons with turkeys, pilgrims, leaves cascading from the ceiling and added black leather shades to the crystal chandelier. I used black tapers, in silver candleholders and pewter turkeys.



After I had the entire table done two, days in advance, I felt we would be dining in an RV and took it all apart and added another leaf! (So much better!)


The absence of the Macy’s Parade (as I know it) allowed me to sleep in and we had dinner catered by Ya Ya’s. That allowed everyone else to sleep in…as we had had “welcome” until 1:00 a.m. Delicious…both the meal and the mood!



The absence of the Plaza Lighting ceremony and our tradition viewing in Inter-Continental Rooftop…motivated me to create our own Celebration…on the driveway.


We served hot buttered rum in paper cups, ladled out of a Waterford punch bowl…makes sense doesn’t it?


A special four-year-old in my life is known as “Wiggle” and she was the chosen “Switch Celebrity.” Neighbors gathered, we did a count down, she flipped the switch (lights came on…thanks to hidden light tech guys in the bushes) and we enjoyed sparklers as we sang three songs: “Jingle Bells,” ‘Rudolph” and a personalized version of “The First Noel-tee.”



Some choose to come in for continued merriment in a house that was festooned in full Thanksgiving vibe.


It wasn’t just a “close” to Thanksgiving but a lovely way to “welcome Christmas.” Just wallow in this day and am so “thanks-filled” for the clients and friends who make it possible for me to re-charge and enjoy! MJN