Photo Prompts for January

Are you ready to start 2022 with photos? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for January.

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  1. New Year’s Day! Celebration or relaxation.
  2. Selfie
  3. Resolutions
  4. Time
  5. Outside Your Window
  6. To The Left
  7. Paths
  8. Low Light
  9. Signs
  10. Silhouette
  11. Colors
  12. Bokeh
  13. Black and White
  14. Sunset/Sunrise
  15. Photoshopped
  16. Small
  17. Large
  18. Up High
  19. Landscape
  20. Cityscape
  21. Clouds
  22. Skyline
  23. Dirt Roads
  24. Nature
  25. Similar
  26. Opposites
  27. Sepia
  28. Street
  29. Friends
  30. Family
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Enjoy your first month of 2022 in photos!

51 Hashtags for New Year’s Eve

How are you going to spend your New Year’s Eve? Are you going to a party? Staying home with your family? Or enjoying a quiet evening alone? There’s no right or wrong way to bring in 2022. But if you want to draw attention to your social media posts, use hashtags for celebrating New Year’s Eve.

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  1. #NewYearsEve (Simple but effective)
  2. #NewYearsEve2022
  3. #NYE
  4. #NYE2022
  5. #TimetoSparkle
  6. #BringOn2022
  7. #Goodbye2021
  8. #Hello2022
  9. #WelcomeNewYear
  10. #Welcome2022
  11. #NewChapter
  12. #NewYear
  13. #FreshStart
  14. #Celebrate
  15. #Cheers
  16. #Midnight
  17. #BallDrop
  18. #TimesSquare
  19. #RockinNewYears
  20. #MidnightKiss
  21. #NewYearsParty
  22. #Party
  23. #PartySafe
  24. #NewYearsFood
  25. #NewYearsSnacks
  26. #Fun
  27. #Dec31
  28. #Jan1
  29. #Friends
  30. #SquadGoals
  31. #Boyfriend
  32. #InstaLove
  33. #Family
  34. #Home
  35. #NYEselfie
  36. #SelfieTime
  37. #NetflixandChill
  38. #NewYearNewMe
  39. #NewYearSameMe
  40. #NewYearsResolution
  41. #Resolutions
  42. #DreamBig
  43. #NoResolutions
  44. #Page1
  45. #Next365
  46. #Love
  47. #NewYearsProposal
  48. #Fireworks
  49. #Champagne
  50. #Hope
  51. #Peace

50 Christmas Shows for the Entire Family

Holiday schedules can easily turn chaotic. Taking time to enjoy the season with your family is essential. Yes, you and your dog count as a family. Curl up under a fuzzy blanket and watch your favorite Christmas movie. If you are searching for a new movie, check out the following list of Christmas movies for the entire family. (Please note: “As an Amazon affiliate, I earn income on qualifying orders.)

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  1. It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie
  2. Angela’s Christmas (Netflix)
  3. Trolls Holiday Special
  4. Dr. Suess: The Grinch (2018)
  5. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (2012)
  6. Klaus (2019) (Netflix)
  7. Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas and Other Stories
  8. Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  9. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)
  10. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  11. All I Want for Christmas is You (2017)
  12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  13. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
  14. Elf (2013)
  15. Santa Clause is Coming to Town
  16. Shrek the Halls (2007)
  17. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
  18. Arthur Christmas (2011)
  19. The Polar Express (2004)
  20. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  21. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
  22. The Star (2017)
  23. The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)
  24. A Christmas Story (1983)
  25. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  26. Albert
  27. Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
  28. Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer
  29. Merry Christmas Olivia
  30. Trolls Holiday
  31. Home Alone (1990)
  32. A Year Without Santa Claus
  33. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  34. Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure
  35. Santa Buddies
  36. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
  37. The Santa Claus Movies
  38. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  39. The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2
  40. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  41. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
  42. DreamWorks: Home for the Holidays
  43. The Christmas Project (2016)
  44. Annabelle’s Wish (1997)
  45. Prancer (1989)
  46. Santa’s Apprentice (2015)
  47. Emmet Otters Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
  48. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
  49. Nester the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
  50. Jack Frost

Journal Writing Prompts for the Christmas Season

Do you want to add some Christmas entries to your journal? Christmas is a magical time of year. Writing about your current and past Christmas seasons is a great way to preserve your memories. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for the Christmas season.

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  1. How do you plan to spend the holiday season?
  2. Create a holiday bucket list. Add at least 10 activities.
  3. Describe what Christmas means to you. Go into details.  
  4. What Christmas traditions did you have growing up?
  5. Do you still incorporate any of those traditions with your family or friends today? Why?
  6. What new Christmas activities do you plan to try this year? Why?
  7. What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?
  8. What is your favorite Christmas memory as an adult?
  9. What do you feel was your worse Christmas? Why?
  10. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes, you as an adult write a letter to Santa.
  11. What is your favorite Christmas song? Why?
  12. What is your favorite Christmas show? Why?
  13. Write an A-to-Z list of everything Christmas-related. It’s harder than you think.
  14. How do you plan to give back to the community this Christmas?
  15. I love the holiday season because______________________. Free write your answer for at least 15 minutes.
  16. What was your best Christmas gift as a child? As an adult?
  17. If you were granted 3 wishes for Christmas, what would you pick? Why?
  18. Have you ever peeked at a Christmas gift for you as a child? Or an adult? What was the gift?
  19. What are you most thankful for this Christmas season?
  20. If you could give a Christmas gift to your community, what would you pick?
  21. Today is the first official day of winter. How does winter add to the Christmas season?
  22. Do you attend church services regularly or attend Christmas related services? How does your spiritual beliefs help you celebrate the Christmas season?
  23. What are you hoping to see over the next couple of days when celebrating Christmas?
  24. Christmas Eve! What do you plan to do?
  25. Merry Christmas! Write about your entire day.
  26. Did you go shopping for the day after Christmas bargains? Or spend the day just relaxing?
  27. Write about your best and worst New Year’s Eve celebrations.
  28. As a child, did you celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family? What did you do?
  29. Write about your Christmas season. List the highs and lows.
  30. Write about 2021.
  31. Happy New Year’s Eve! What are you plans?  

Rebecca Reviewed It: Village of Ashley Country Christmas

Colorful lights, Santa & Mrs. Claus, flame-throwing juggler, Christmas music, and a roaring steam engine, what else do you need on a chilly evening? I went to watch the beautiful Pere Marquette aka the Polar Express thunder into Ashley, Michigan. Carrying passengers to visit a small town completely decked out for Christmas fun.

Where: The train comes from Owosso to arrive in the small Village of Ashley, Michigan. The passengers enjoy about a 1 hour 15-minute ride, stay in Ashley for a couple of hours, then return to Owosso. The public is welcome to enjoy the small town and view the train coming into town.

When: The Polar Express comes into town twice a day every weekend until Christmas.

This is the official pamphlet from the Village of Ashley Country Christmas 2021.

What You View: The town is set up with a variety of little Christmas shops, food, hot cocoa, and activities for the entire family to enjoy. For example Penny Lane has handcrafted gifts to wear. The handmade hats are beautiful and warm.

The lists of little shops and activities within in the town.

Will I Go Again? Most definitely, yes. I would love to see the train arrive after a heavy snowfall. Hopefully Mother Nature and my schedule allow me to do it. Who knows maybe one of these times, I will actually ride the train.

12 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Shows

Your Thanksgiving feast is history. Now the time is right to just relax and watch television. Are you looking for a kid-friendly show to watch on Thanksgiving? Check out the following list. Please note: As an Amazon affiliate I earn income from qualifying purchases.

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  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  2. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  3. An Arthur Thanksgiving
  4. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
  5. Turkey Town: A Thanksgiving Party (2018)
  6. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Parade (2000)
  7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2008)
  8. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  9. Free Birds (2013)
  10. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (2016)
  11. Addams Family Values
  12. Beethoven (1993)

Or you could always start the Christmas season early. Watch classic favorites: Miracle on 34th Street, Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Busy roads are always a major part of the holiday weekend. If you are driving to your destination, consider the following tips for safe Thanksgiving travel.

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  1. Lists: Start by making a list or two of all the essentials for your long holiday weekend. Consider making a list for each person and your fur babies. Cross items off your lists as you begin to pack and load your vehicle.
  2. Vehicle Maintenance: Before leaving for your destination, do a quick maintenance check on your vehicle. Check the tire pressure, oil level, antifreeze level, brake fluid, and the condition of the wiper blades.
  3. Get Gas Early: If possible, get gasoline early to avoid long lines at the pump. Also, gas prices increase with demand.
  4. Arrival Time: Know exactly when you need to be at your destination to adjust your driving time. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  5. Pack and Load: If possible, start packing early. Clothing and other non-perishable items are easily the first items to cross off your list. Try to load as much as possible into your vehicle the night before your departure time.
  6. Road Trip Snacks: Depending on the amount of driving time, snacks are an essential especially if you have children in the car. Plus, packing your own road-trip snacks and beverages saves time and money.
  7. Be Flexible: Leave early to avoid the traffic. Wednesday and Sunday are the busiest travel time for Thanksgiving weekend.
  8. Stop When Needed: Do not be afraid to take breaks. Around each one hundred miles, try to stop at a rest area or local café. Breaks are not a luxury but a priority. Remember for your own safety to lock your vehicle at every stop.
  9. Weather Watch: The weather changes quickly. Use a local weather app or your GPS to watch for any sudden changes. Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle including a first aid kit, phone charger, and extra blankets.
  10. Be Mindful: Watch out for other drivers. When people are in a hurry, mistakes happen in an instant. Be alert. Follow the rules of the road. Don’t speed. And avoid alcohol consumption.
  11. Child Safety: Secure children in the age-appropriate car seats. Bring favorite toys, games, videos, music, and other items for entertainment on the road.

Most of all, make your road trip an adventure. Have fun. Stop and take photos. Enjoy every minute of the trip.

Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Thanksgiving Photo Prompts

Are you hosting a big Thanksgiving? Or traveling to a relatives’ house for the long 4-day weekend? Thanksgiving is a great time to get impromptu photos. If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Thanksgiving sunrise or sunset
  2. Cooking the meal
  3. Cooked turkey or main dish
  4. The side dishes
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Pie and desserts
  8. Falling leaves
  9. The table setting
  10. The table with food (or food area)
  11. Warm colors
  12. Football
  13. Happiness
  14. Grateful
  15. Prayer
  16. Candles
  17. Out your kitchen window
  18. Celebration
  19. After Dinner
  20. Blessings
  21. On the road
  22. Destination
  23. Accommodations
  24. Back home
  25. Special moment
  26. Love
  27. Adventure
  28. Nature
  29. Thanksgiving Day selfie
  30. In the moment
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Happy Thanksgiving!

20 Drawing Prompts for Thanksgiving

Do you want to keep the kids busy while preparing your Thanksgiving feast? Or perhaps you just want to be creative over the Thanksgiving weekend. Drawing is a fun and enjoyable art form. The only limit is your imagination. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Thanksgiving food
  2. Favorite pie or dessert
  3. Turkey
  4. Falling leaves
  5. Sunshine
  6. Thanksgiving table
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Family
  9. Friends
  10. Tradition
  11. Football
  12. Thanksgiving Day parade
  13. Acorns
  14. Trees
  15. Pumpkins and gourds
  16. Corn
  17. Wagon
  18. Lantern
  19. Pilgrim hat
  20. Autumn scene

Get creative! Happy Thanksgiving!

The Best Photos to Take on Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving comes every year. Unfortunately, over time, those who gather at your table may no longer be here to celebrate. Use your camera or cell phone to preserve your holiday memories with photographs.

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Photos to Take for the Best Thanksgiving Memories

Are you ready to capture the laughs, the food, and the joy of Thanksgiving? Get snapping.

Getting Ready

Setting up the table, preparing the kids’ table, decorating, or dressing up for the day are all special moments Snap a few photos during this busy time. The process of getting ready is a major part of Thanksgiving.

Cooking

A large meal usually means more than one person in the kitchen. Capturing the laughs that occur during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast is always a special memory.

Group Photos

If everyone arrives early, get group photos before the dinner. Spills and dropped food easily stain the best apparel. A large family gathering means a person is always available to watch the kitchen while group photos are being done. For a photo of the entire family use your self-timer on your camera or bribe a neighbor with pumpkin pie to take a quick photo.

Dinner Time

Before everyone digs into the delicious meal, snap a photo of the dinner table. Get the full table with all the decorations, place settings, and the entire food spread. Next, take a photo of everyone coming to the table. And finally, one of everyone sitting around the Thanksgiving table.

If prayer is part of the feast, you have two options. One, skip the photo entirely. Or two, set your camera on self-timer to get a picture of everyone in prayer.

Outdoor Time

Do you play football or hike as a family on Thanksgiving? As long as someone is watching the kitchen, grab your camera and head outdoors to take photos.

Candid and Creativity

Posed photos are great but candid shots are extra special. Photos of your aunt laughing too hard at a silly joke or your grandfather sharing a story with the children invoke emotion. The photos will always be a lasting memory.

 Do not be afraid to try different angles, use natural light, or a zoom lens. Try to capture what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

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