Did you ever wonder about the origin of the scarecrow? As I contemplate a tablescape theme for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I considered using something different than the traditional pilgrims, corn stalks and turkeys for the table decor. Instead, I thought of the scarecrow. The history of the scarecrow fits in beautifully with Thanksgiving, especially as we learn of their purpose for the protection of growing crops and the season when these splendid crops are harvested.
Since the garden in our own yard is finished and the healthy fruits and vegetables have been collected, stored or processed for consumption for the long cold winter ahead, we now look forward to Thanksgiving, the holiday in which we celebrate and give thanks for the abundance of such a great yield. Of course, not without the many thanks to the scarecrow who has been on guard all summer long.
In keeping with the conclusion of the growing season and the appreciation of such a blessed harvest, you might enjoy a bit of history on the scarecrow which adorned the many fields throughout the world and of which helped to protect those fields from winged consumers. This wonderful bit of trivia is written by Kathy Warnes from her blog entitled, History....Because It Is Here: Scarecrows--Historically Speaking. I, personally, found her article fascinating and was excited to learn how the use of scarecrows go as far back as the time of the Egyptians. The scarecrow (or known as the kakashis in Japanese) was used in other countries including Japan by farmers who protected their rice fields and who fashioned the scarecrow in more of a human form. Take a moment to sit outside in the sunshine on the front porch and enjoy Kathy's informative article on the scarecrow. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
My whimsical scarecrows that are located in various places throughout the house and are this week's scarecrow tablescape theme are certainly wonderful reminders of the role the scarecrow played in safekeeping the crops that become part of the flavorful foods we eat and enjoy at the Thanksgiving holiday and throughout the winter season. For that I am grateful.
Scarecrow cookies, peanut-maple apple dip and pumpkin spice caramel popcorn sweeten the occasion.