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31 Photo Prompts for December

Are you ready for new photo prompts for December? Grab your camera and go!

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  1. Selfie
  2. Landscape
  3. Colorful
  4. On my mind
  5. Distance
  6. Miniature
  7. Out a window
  8. Candle
  9. Shapes
  10. Rule of 3
  11. Shadows
  12. Black & white
  13. Brightness
  14. Sparkling
  15. Lowest point
  16. Nature
  17. Sunrise/Sunset
  18. New
  19. Bokeh
  20. Reflective
  21. Winter
  22. Pattern
  23. Trees
  24. Christmas Eve!
  25. Merry Christmas!
  26. Enormous
  27. Low light
  28. Cozy
  29. Highest point
  30. Photographer’s choice
  31. Welcoming 2023

Have a great month!

75 Songs for the Christmas Season

Music is one of the joys of Christmas. Artists have been writing about the holiday season for decades. If you are looking to add some Christmas cheer to your holiday party or dinner, check out the following songs. (Be careful, you may find yourself singing out loud!)

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  1. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Bing Crosby
  2. “Away in the Manger” by Nat King Cole
  3. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
  4. White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
  5. “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes or “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald
  6. “What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Nat King Cole
  8. “Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart)” by Wham!
  9. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
  10. “How Many Kings” by Downhere
  11. “It’s True” by Sara Groves
  12. Let it, Snow! Let it, Snow! Let it Snow” by Dean Martin
  13. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole
  14. “Home for the Holidays” by Perry Como
  15. “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  16. “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  17. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Frank Sinatra or “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Bruce Springsteen
  18. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
  19. “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry or “Frosty the Snowman” by Jimmy Durante (Both are fun reeditions!)
  20. “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Ella Fitzgerald or “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Josh Groban & Brian McKnight
  21. Let It Be Christmas” by Alan Jackson
  22. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkston
  23. “Christmas Cookies” by George Strait
  24. “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys
  25. “Christmas Time All Over Again” by            Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  26. “Carol of the Bells/What Child is This?” by Point of Grace
  27. “Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)” by Bing Crosby
  28. “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
  29. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
  30. “Run, Rudolph, Run” by Chuck Berry
  31. “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” by Garth Brooks
  32. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
  33. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
  34. “Carol of the Bells” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  35. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
  36. “Jingle Bells” by Ella Fitzgerald or “Jingle Bells” by Dean Martin (Both are great!)
  37. “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love
  38. “A Soldiers Silent Night” by Father Ted Berndt
  39. “Winter Wonderland” by Dean Martin
  40. A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
  41. “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding
  42. “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)” by John Lennon
  43. “Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles
  44. “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill
  45. “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
  46. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin or “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson
  47. “Merry Christmas Darling” by The Carpenters
  48. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkston
  49. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by Jackson 5
  50. “Santa I’m Right Here” by Toby Keith
  51. “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie & Bing Crosby
  52. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
  53. Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton
  54. “Gold and Green” by Sugarland
  55. “Deck The Halls” by Mannheim Steamroller
  56. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
  57. “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues
  58. “We Need a Little Christmas” by Angela Lansbury
  59. “Believe” by Josh Groban
  60. “The First Noel” by Andy Williams
  61. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey
  62. “Joy to the World” by Aretha Franklin
  63. “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by Faith Hill
  64. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé
  65. “Mary, Did You Know” by Kenny Rogers
  66. “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)” by Kelly Clarkson
  67. “When My Heart Finds Christmas” by Harry Connick Jr
  68. “Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson
  69. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
  70. “Christmas Day at my House” by Patty Loveless
  71. “Snow” by Leslie Odom Jr.
  72. “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” by The Judds
  73. “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews
  74. “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Elvis Presley
  75. “O Holy Night” by Céline Dion or “O Holy Night” by Nat King Cole (Both versions are wonderful.)

Is your favorite song on the list? Merry Christmas! Keep singing!

62 Photo Prompts for the Christmas Season

The Christmas season is finally here. Are you ready to enjoy every minute of the holiday celebrations? Capturing memories through photography is a perfect way to catch every festive moment. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for the Christmas season.

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  1. Festive Selfie
  2. ‘Tis the Season
  3. Christmas Decor
  4. Red & Green
  5. Toyland
  6. In the Kitchen
  7. Leftovers
  8. Red & White
  9. The Magic of the Season
  10. Tree
  11. Lights
  12. Snow
  13. Silver & Gold
  14. Santa
  15. Reindeer
  16. Star
  17. Community
  18. Food
  19. Beverage
  20. Holiday Spirit
  21. Childhood
  22. Traditions
  23. Parade
  24. Cityscape
  25. Mail
  26. Believe
  27. Travel
  28. Mistletoe
  29. Storefront
  30. Candy Canes
  31. Reflection
  32. Advent
  33. Nutcracker
  34. Sweater
  35. Ribbons & Bows
  36. Wrapped with Love
  37. Stockings
  38. Pajamas
  39. Gifts
  40. Nativity
  41. Ornaments
  42. Family
  43. Friendship
  44. True Meaning of Christmas
  45. Angel
  46. Warmth
  47. Landscape
  48. Black & White
  49. Crafts
  50. Weather
  51. Cozy
  52. Homemade
  53. Milk & Cookies
  54. Blessings
  55. On the Tree
  56. Silent Night
  57. Peace
  58. Love
  59. Joy
  60. Photographer’s Choice
  61. Celebrations
  62. 2023

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Did you decide to host a last-minute Thanksgiving dinner? The holiday is only a couple days away. Are you now in panic mode? Don’t worry! Take a deep breath! And start planning now.  

One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving holiday is the food. Planning your meal should be your top priority. How are you going to serve your Thanksgiving meal? Check out the following for last-minute Thanksgiving meal ideas.

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  • Traditional Meal: Bake a large family-style meal. Involving your family or friends in the cooking or baking process creates a memorable experience. Don’t forget dessert.
  • Buffet Style Meal: Spread all the delicious Thanksgiving dishes out on a table or counter. Then, invite your guests to help themselves. The buffet style is great for smaller spaces. Your guests can serve themselves and then find a place to sit.
  • Potluck Style: Purchasing all the fixings for Thanksgiving can come with a high price tag. Asking your guests to bring a dish to pass is a great way to celebrate and cut expenses. The variety of dishes is a tasty experience.  
  • Pre-ordered Meal: Order your meal from a local restaurant or food establishment. Pre-ordered meals come with different options. Simply order the best meal choice for your family’s Thanksgiving. Heat and serve your meal for a quick and easy Thanksgiving.
  • Picnic: If you live in a warmer area, take your Thanksgiving meal outdoors. Eating outside is a fun option.
  • Indoor Picnic: Is your Thanksgiving going to be a casual affair with only a few people? Turn your meal into an indoor picnic
  • Candlelight Meal: Light scented candles or use flameless ones to add a special atmosphere to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Your Thanksgiving meal may not go as you imagined. But take a step back and enjoy your day with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ways to Support Small Business Saturday

Did you know November 26th  is Small Business Saturday? Small or independently owned businesses play an important role in the United States economy. Small businesses create local jobs and other opportunities within the community.

Owning a small business requires hard work and dedication. If you are searching for ways to help promote local restaurants, hair salons, flower shops, mechanics, contractors, or other small businesses during the holidays, consider the following ideas.

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  1. Know Your Community: Check out new local shops or revisit long-standing independent businesses. Join community groups on social media to learn about new or other small businesses in your neighborhood. Many small businesses use social media groups to promote sales or new products, especially during the holiday season.
  2. Write a Review: After visiting a local establishment, write a review of your experience. If you made a purchase, describe your product or service. If you did not buy anything, you still can leave a review. Describe the business. How did the employees greet you? Will you return? Provide honest feedback for others to learn about your experience.
  3. Follow On Social Media Platforms: Many stores use social media to promote new items or services being offered. If a local business has a social media presence, follow the page and share posts. Even if you did not find anything for yourself, share posts with your followers or friends. Perhaps a person on your social media page will find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
  4. Subscribe to Newsletters: Small business owners share vital information about sales or upcoming events through weekly or monthly newsletters. Subscribing to a newsletter keeps you informed. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to learn about discounted items for everyone on your Christmas list.
  5. Show Gratitude: At Christmas time, a “thank you” to employees or the owner is a great way to show appreciation for their presence in the community. Consider buying gift cards or certificates to give away to loved ones. If you are visiting a local restaurant or hair salon, tip well to show your gratitude. A small act of kindness goes a long way this time of year.

What is the best way to support Small Business Saturday? Visit one. Enjoy the different atmosphere only a small business can offer during the holiday season.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations Ideas

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving weekend? The upcoming holiday includes large family gatherings, traveling, and community events. Or you could be opting to stay close to home. Whether you are gathering with family or friends, check out the following last-minute Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday more memorable.

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Start Your Thanksgiving Decorating Now

Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. Consider simple last-minute decorating to make your home more festive.  

  • Paper Placemats: Creating paper placements is a fun activity for little ones. Use large pieces of construction paper to draw, paint, or color Thanksgiving designs. If you want to save your creation as a keepsake, laminate the final product. (Don’t have a laminator? You can still save your project with clear contact paper).
  • Place Cards: Fold notecards in half and decorate. Add a name, stickers, or other designs to your place cards. Creating place cards is another fun activity for children. Younger children may need help with writing out the names.
  • Thanksgiving Banner: Create a Thanksgiving banner out of construction paper or use a poster board. Write out Happy Thanksgiving. Asking all your guests to sign your banner is a great way to create a lasting keepsake.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Create a cornucopia or other type of Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. A wicker basket with fall-themed flowers, gourds, or other nature items is a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece.
  • Flowers: Fill your favorite vases with fresh flowers. Or make small decorations with fake flowers. Bright yellow and orange flowers add a touch of color to your table setting.
  • Additional Table Embellishments: Gourds, miniature pumpkins, turkey figurines, and other small items create the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations.  
  • Tree of Thanks: Use a small branch or paint a tree on a piece of poster board. Cut out leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. On each leaf, write down a reason why you are grateful. Give a pre-cut leaf to each of your guests. Soon, your tree of thanks will be full of colorful leaves.

Even the simplest decorations enhance your Thanksgiving atmosphere. Have fun with the creation process. If you do not have supplies on hand, check out your local dollar store for materials at a low cost.

Happy Thanksgiving!

54 Activities for Your Christmas Season Bucket List

The Christmas season is almost here. Are you ready to join in the festive fun? Do you want to make this Christmas season memorable for you and your family? Start by making a Christmas season bucket list. Ask every family member to participate. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Christmas season bucket list.

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  1. Christmas photoshoot
  2. Send out Christmas cards to family and friends
  3. Go to a Christmas community concert (During the Christmas season, many community concerts are free or low cost. You and your family could attend more than one to get you into the holiday spirit).
  4. Volunteer
  5. Decorate your home
  6. Decorate a Christmas tree
  7. Write a letter to Santa (Yes, adults can do this too)
  8. Wear matching Christmas pajamas
  9. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
  10. Host a family game night
  11. Drive around and look at Christmas decorations
  12. Watch Christmas movies
  13. Make a gingerbread house
  14. Put out cookies for Santa (Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer)
  15. Hand out Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies
  16. Go caroling
  17. Create a Christmas playlist
  18. Make a YouTube or TikTok Christmas greeting
  19. Do random acts of kindness
  20. Make homemade hot cocoa
  21. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
  22. Hang mistletoe
  23. Be a secret Santa
  24. Go sledding
  25. Host a traditional Christmas dinner
  26. Have a picnic under the Christmas tree
  27. Make hot cider
  28. Create a hot cocoa bar
  29. Go ice skating
  30. Go to a tree lighting ceremony
  31. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  32. Watch The Nutcracker
  33. Get your and your family’s photo taken with Santa
  34. Hang Christmas stockings
  35. Attend Christmas Eve Services
  36. Donate a wrapped toy
  37. Host a Christmas brunch
  38. Donate to an animal shelter or rescue
  39. Foster a pet over the holidays (Who knows, you may find your new best friend)
  40. Attend a Christmas parade
  41. Make paper snowflakes
  42. Read the Christmas story from the Bible
  43. Donate to a food bank
  44. Host a bonfire
  45. Set up the Nativity scene
  46. Host a Christmas tea
  47. Attend a live nativity
  48. Buy a new tree ornament for each family member
  49. Make Christmas crafts
  50. Attend various community Christmas programs and concerts (At this time of year, many activities are free, minimum fee or donation-based)
  51. Make a birthday cake for Jesus
  52. Make green and red paper chains
  53. Make homemade Christmas ornaments
  54. Pull-on a Christmas cracker

Have a wonderful Christmas season! Make memories!

29 Family-Friendly Shows for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings lots of food and family to your home. Are you looking to incorporate movie night with your Thanksgiving holiday celebration? If you are searching for ideas, check out the following family-friendly shows for Thanksgiving.  

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  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  2. The Care Bears’ Grams Bear’s Thanksgiving Surprise (1986)
  3. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  4. An Arthur Thanksgiving (2020)
  5. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
  6. Rugrats: The Turkey Who Came to Dinner (1997)
  7. The Thanksgiving Promise
  8. Paw Patrol: Pups Rescue Thanksgiving/Pups Save a Windy Bay (Season 5, Episode 19) (2018)
  9. Animaniacs: Turkey Jerky (1993)
  10. The Thanksgiving Movie
  11. Waffles + Mochi (2021)
  12. Llama Llama: “Thanks-For-Giving-Story/Finding Dion” (Season 2, Episode 9)
  13. Trolls the Beat Goes On: Funsgiving (2019)
  14. A Walton Family Thanksgiving Reunion
  15. Turkey Town: A Thanksgiving Party (2018)
  16. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Parade (2000)
  17. A Sesame Street Thanksgiving (2017)
  18. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2008)
  19. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  20. Pete the Cat Room at the Table & Founders Day
  21. Free Birds (2013)
  22. Blue’s Clues: “Thankful” (Season 3, Episode 29) (1999)
  23. Sister, Sister: Thanksgiving in Hawaii (1995)
  24. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (1979)
  25. Addams Family Values
  26. The Addams Family (2019)
  27. Beethoven (1993)
  28. The Thanksgiving Treasure
  29. Family Thanksgiving

Of course, you can always start watching Christmas favorites over the Thanksgiving weekend. Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

27 Journal Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you ready for the holiday festivities? Do you want to add Thanksgiving-themed entries to your journal? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following journal prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Create a gratitude list for Thanksgiving. Try to reach a minimum of 10.
  2. Did you list people on your gratitude list? How do you show you are grateful to have those people in your life? Could you do more to thank them? If so, what would you do?
  3. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans in detail.
  4. Are your plans your normal Thanksgiving tradition? Or are you doing something different this year? What is the same or different for Thanksgiving 2022?
  5. If you are hosting, do you plan to cook the entire meal? Or do others help you?  
  6. Is there a special dish or recipe you serve yearly at Thanksgiving? Why is the recipe so special?
  7. What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table this year? Why?
  8. Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal? Are you having extended family over? Or friends?
  9. What new Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
  10. Why are Thanksgiving traditions important to you and your family?
  11. If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why do wish this person could attend?
  12. Growing up, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
  13. What was the best part of your childhood Thanksgivings? Why?
  14. Do you still incorporate traditions or activities from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving plans? What are they? Do you change them at all?
  15. Describe earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
  16. Are you planning to participate in Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
  17. What was your favorite Thanksgiving ever? Why?
  18. Are you married, engaged, living with a person? Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
  19. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your dog counts as family)
  20. Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience. Would you go again? Why or why not?
  21. Did you ever march or attend a Thanksgiving parade? If you marched, write about your experience. Were you in the band or did you ride a float? If you attended, what was the best part about being a spectator?
  22. Describe how your kitchen smells, sounds, or feels when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
  23. If you were talking to someone from another country, how would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations?
  24. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on television? What is your favorite part? Why?
  25. Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why or why not?
  26. After Thanksgiving, write about how your day went? Did everything go according to plan?
  27. What was the best part about your Thanksgiving 2022?

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep writing!

37 Photo Prompts for Thanksgiving

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Do you want to capture every moment of the holiday celebration? If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Selfie on Thanksgiving
  2. Harvest
  3. Long Weekend
  4. Cornucopia
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Traditions
  8. Weather
  9. Together
  10. Celebrate
  11. Count Your Blessings
  12. Thankful
  13. Grateful
  14. Thanksgiving Eve
  15. Décor
  16. Centerpiece
  17. Parade
  18. Float
  19. Preparations
  20. Laughter
  21. Table
  22. Cooking
  23. Baking
  24. Grace
  25. Meal
  26. Your Plate
  27. Wishbone
  28. Turkey
  29. Desserts
  30. Leftovers
  31. Cleanup
  32. Football
  33. Nap
  34. Current View
  35. Black Friday
  36. Peace
  37. Festive Time

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy making memories!

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