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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Send out Christmas cards to family and friends
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).
Decorate your home
Decorate a Christmas tree
Write a letter to Santa (Yes, adults can do this too)
Wear matching Christmas pajamas
Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
Host a family game night
Drive around and look at Christmas decorations
Watch Christmas movies
Make a gingerbread house
Put out cookies for Santa (Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer)
Hand out Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies
Create a Christmas playlist
Make a YouTube or TikTok Christmas greeting
Do random acts of kindness
Make homemade hot cocoa
Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
Be a secret Santa
Host a traditional Christmas dinner
Have a picnic under the Christmas tree
Make hot cider
Create a hot cocoa bar
Go ice skating
Go to a tree lighting ceremony
Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Watch The Nutcracker
Get your and your family’s photo taken with Santa
Hang Christmas stockings
Attend Christmas Eve Services
Donate a wrapped toy
Host a Christmas brunch
Donate to an animal shelter or rescue
Foster a pet over the holidays (Who knows, you may find your new best friend)
Attend a Christmas parade
Make paper snowflakes
Read the Christmas story from the Bible
Donate to a food bank
Host a bonfire
Set up the Nativity scene
Host a Christmas tea
Attend a live nativity
Buy a new tree ornament for each family member
Make Christmas crafts
Attend various community Christmas programs and concerts (At this time of year, many activities are free, minimum fee or donation-based)
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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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.
Create a gratitude list for Thanksgiving. Try to reach a minimum of 10.
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?
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans in detail.
Are your plans your normal Thanksgiving tradition? Or are you doing something different this year? What is the same or different for Thanksgiving 2022?
If you are hosting, do you plan to cook the entire meal? Or do others help you?
Is there a special dish or recipe you serve yearly at Thanksgiving? Why is the recipe so special?
What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table this year? Why?
Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal? Are you having extended family over? Or friends?
What new Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
Why are Thanksgiving traditions important to you and your family?
If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why do wish this person could attend?
Growing up, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
What was the best part of your childhood Thanksgivings? Why?
Do you still incorporate traditions or activities from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving plans? What are they? Do you change them at all?
Describe earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
Are you planning to participate in Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
What was your favorite Thanksgiving ever? Why?
Are you married, engaged, living with a person? Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your dog counts as family)
Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience. Would you go again? Why or why not?
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?
Describe how your kitchen smells, sounds, or feels when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
If you were talking to someone from another country, how would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations?
Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on television? What is your favorite part? Why?
Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why or why not?
After Thanksgiving, write about how your day went? Did everything go according to plan?
What was the best part about your Thanksgiving 2022?