Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An American Palace Decorated for the Holidays

cartellingwindows Palace

The cartellingwindows Palace
Thanksgiving Thoughts

The information for the Thanksgiving statement is a small sampling of information taught to American children in the seventh and eight grade.

The message was inspired by a neighbor on Little Farm, Wokingham England.
Window One:
Celebrates the Friendship
The English Pilgrims
the local Native American Indians
Two of the original Enemies
of the American Colonies
Enjoy the Turkey
Gobble it up did you?
Are Americans
the enemy
In the late 1980's my husbands employer sent him and the family to Wokingham England for three years. Celebrating an American political holiday in a foreign country seemed foolish, but I attempted to keep the Holiday alive.

I had invited my neighbor's over for a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. The intention was to show my English neighbors how much Americans respected the friendship of the English through the Thanksgivings recognition of the friendship between the English Pilgrims and the Local American Indians. I was shocked when my neighbor had heard nothing of the event.

" Why did you invite us over for this day. Are you insulting us," my neighbor asked?

" Thanksgiving is the celebration of your American Independence, is it not? "

I was momentarily dumbstruck.. Insult the English!!! I had invited the family to honor them, and recognize their part in the America's. This was not going well.

I attempted to explain the holiday.

" A celebration of the Friendship between English Settlers and the Local Native American Indians!?" she questioned in a respectfully loud and laughing tone.

"Are the Americans daft? The English and the Indians are enemy's of the United States. Why would one of your biggest holidays be a celebration of your enemies?"

My neighbor liked the turkey but hated the sweet potatoes..

"Too much sugar" she stated. " Tastes more like a dessert than a main course. I will not finish these. "

She liked the cheese on the vegetables , but was not accustomed to having butter on her vegetables, or perhaps it was salt. I don't remember.

I was excited with her comments on my food.. It was the first time I had heard anyone comment on cooking as being purely "American", without mentioning a hamburger.

After the celebration, I thought about what Cindy had said..

The English and the Indians were against the colonization of the Americas under an independent American government as they wanted the territories for themselves.
The American Indians are still attempting to claim land under old treaties. Are the English and the Indians ENEMIES of the America's?

Do other countries view the American Thanksgiving celebration as a tribute to the enemy?

Are we Americans, the Celebrants, the last to know?

How humiliating. If Cindy were correct, I, and many others, are American fools.
Toys to another's court, dancing to the rhythm of Indian drums.

cartellingwindows reads: PILGRIM
Pil Grim

Grim- sadness, death

Pil- bill

PILGRIM Bills death

Bill = short name for Bible


The pilgrims were religious exiles from England.
They would have been against the King James Bible.

The Indians were not Christians at this time:

cartellingwindows reads the Thanksgiving celebration as the celebration of two groups that wanted to take down Christianity, specifically the bible.

Are the English our enemy
Dianna (just becauseit was the first to enter my mind)



Two Pillars
English and The Indians.

Twin Trade Towers

What were the Towers Trading ...

A post of land?

Was there a treaty made between the Indians and the English at a Trading Post and were the towers the symbol of this treaty?


Palace Garden

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Critter Pillars

Every year the family of one of Dayton's largest department stores gives a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. Many of the volunteers give up or shorten their holidays to share with the needy. A huge personal sacrifice that is very much appreciated by the community.

I have attended the dinner for the last four years. The Beerman family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, has a harvest decorated stage where a local band performs and Santa arrives toward the end of the celebration.

The pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, feed corn still attached to the stalks is discarded into large dumpsters at the end of the Thanksgiving celebration.

"The funeral of the Pumpkin's" has become one of my personal rescue causes . Every year I grab as much of the produce as I can carry and attempt to put the food to a good use rather than have it needlessly discarded.

Last year I decorated cartellingwindows roof top gallery with the leftovers from the Beerman Thanksgiving festivities , made corn husk doll kits for the nieces for Christmas, and planted the extra seed corn in my garden.

This year with the additional assistance of two of my strong men friends, we rescued more produce than in any of the previous years. This years use of the rescued produce from the Beermans Thanksgiving dinner... "Critter Pillars".

"Critter Pillars" were designed to beatify the neighborhood with a uni- holiday motif; while Creating a food source for the squirrels, birds, ducks, raccoons, and other natural wild life that live in the city.

Most of the items on the pillars I received free from the Beermans Thanksgiving dinner. The bread came from a Church on Huffman Avenue that feeds the needy twice a week. The surplus bread incredibly weather hardy.

Critter Pillar holding/storage food basket.

Cranberry, Turnip and Broccoli Garland

The Palace of cartellingwindows

The Furnace

If the Parisians can Flaunt their sewers
cartellingwindows proudly flaunts
it's Furnace

Roof Top Gallery Image

The Front View

A Patriotic Elephant in Dayton Ohio was not a good image to have during the elections. Some of Cartellingwindows attempts to report news and crimes were viewed as a political campaigning tactic for the support of Mc Cain and the demise of Obama, which was not true.

Since information image packaging seems important for Daytonians to effectively categorize and comprehend the windows message..Cartellingwindows decided to dress up the palace elephant as a reindeer.

I thought it appropriate to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas, as the American retail establishments do the same.

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