Great Thanksgiving Table Settings Without the Clichés

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This year, use these tips to create the perfect Thanksgiving table setting.

Thanksgiving isn’t just about the delicious food. It’s also about tradition and a celebration of the fall harvest. There are many iconic symbols of the holiday that we tend to incorporate into our Thanksgiving décor — but isn't just placing gourds or baby orange pumpkins on your table a bit overdone and predictable?

According to National Geographic, early English settlers looking to break away from the Church of England started the Plymouth Colony in what is now known as Cape Cod. The Wampanoag, a Native American tribe residing in the area, helped the Pilgrim settlers grow corn and fertilize their lands. That fall, some settlers went out to hunt for a feast, but the Wampanoag heard gunshots and mistook them for a sign of war. When the tribe realized that the English settlers were simply seeking food for a harvest celebration, they joined in and hunted for the feast, too. The meal they all ended up sharing probably consisted of shellfish, corn, venison and other roasted meats. Though peace did not last long between the English and the Wampanoag, the observance of the harvest was to become an American tradition. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

Here are some uncommon but appropriate ideas for setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table.

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