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.
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.
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?
Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you ready for the holiday? Do you plan to post a lot of photos on your social media platforms? Hashtags are the best way to draw attention to your posts. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for Thanksgiving.
Today is Veterans’ Day, an annual federal holiday to honor all who have served in the military. If you are searching for ways to honor a service member on Veterans’ Day, check out the following list for ideas.
Social Media Posts: People spend hours on their electronic devices. Use your platform to acknowledge the veterans in your life. Thank a veteran directly by posting on social media. Post your favorite veteran’s picture. (Please be careful not to give out sensitive information.)
Display the Flag: If you do not already display the United States Flag, purchase one to hang outside your home. Many large name department stores carry flag installation kits.
Everyone Eats: Do you know a friend or family member who is a military veteran? Call the person with an invitation for lunch or dinner. Cook a homemade meal for your favorite veteran. If your schedule is full, send take-out to the person’s home or purchase a gift card from your local restaurant. Gift certificates are a wonderful way to honor a veteran and support your local restaurant.
Send a Note: Writing a few words of thanks in a card is a great way to honor a veteran. Turn the activity into a family event. Create the thank you cards together. Then, make a special trip to the mailbox to send the cards.
Attend a Local Community Event: Many communities host parades, place small United States Flags on graves, or other events. Check with the local V.F.W. for free meals for service members being served on Veterans’ Day. For a small fee, non-service members are welcome to eat too. The money raised goes back into the organization for helping veterans.
Send a Care Package: Do you have a loved one who is currently serving in the military? Create a care package with hometown favorites. Ask other friends or family members to contribute to the care package. Adding cards or notes from others makes the care package extra special.
Volunteer Your Time: Numerous non-profit organizations focus on helping veterans. Consider volunteering at a homeless shelter. Or go to your local veterans’ hospital or nursing home to volunteer with a veteran who does not receive any visitors. Your time could significantly help another person.
Donate: Send a monetary donation to a local VFW or other reputable organization that directly helps veterans. Since the holiday season is just around the corner, many organizations or businesses are collecting toys, personal items, and groceries to help military personnel and their families.