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by Kate Smith

A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.

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  • Thanksgivukkah Offers a Whole New Celebration of Colors
     
    This year, for the first time since Thanksgiving's inception, Turkey Day and Hanukkah will collide. As Jewish holidays are traditionally on a Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah usually falls in mid to late December. But, this year these two holidays, both full of love and giving, will mesh together in a combo holiday dubbed Thanksgivukkah by many.
     
    As this partnership will likely not happen for at least another 76,000 years, this is a unique opportunity to infuse the warm, rich colors of fall holidays with the sparkling, cool mix of Hanukkah silvers and blues. 

    Can this be done tastefully? Yes, it can.
  • Blue and orange are actually perfect color partners on the color wheel. These two complementary colors work beautifully in any space—especially when punched up with silver, gold, and brown accents.

    Welcome your Thanksgivukkah guests with an autumn-themed wreath against a festive blue door. Nothing says happy holidays better than a warm entryway.
  • Add blue to the classic Thanksgiving tablescape naturally. Jarrahdale or blue lakota pumpkins are gorgeous when mixed with Thanksgiving browns, yellows, and oranges. This combination creates a warm, festive, and inviting table.
  • Dressing up the living room in Thanksgivukkah décor is simple with just small accessories. These beautiful blue glass vases instantly become holiday-worthy when you add fresh orange and red leaves.
  • Get creative with your holiday mantel this year and add stunning beauty marrying gold Hanukkah coins with autumn branches and candles. The result is both elegant and fun.
  • A traditional Hanukkah menorah gets a whole new flavor when Thanksgiving comes into play. These beautiful, nature-inspired branch candelabras are yet another creative way to dress up a table or a mantel for the holidays.

    However you mesh theses two wonderful holidays together for the very first time, focus on style and creativity. Thanksgivukkah is an opportunity to infuse your home with new color, fresh ideas, and of course lots of thankfulness.
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