Reason for the Season
When eggnog's generously filling
Each and every Christmas mug
And siblings tour miles and miles
To greet you with a hug
There's scarce else I'll be wishing
Than this simple little prayer
Of peace and calm and blessings much
On Christmas Day this year.
Eat, drink and be tacky with your closest friends by hosting an ugly holiday sweater party. No matter what you celebrate this holiday season, there's a sweater for you. So hit the thrift store, the attic or one of the online stores and start planning.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Make an impression with your invite
Feature yourself – in your ugly sweater, of course – on a paper or online invitation (both Evite and Paperless Post have a whole section of pre-made options to choose from).
2. Deck the halls
It's not just about the sweater. Raid the dollar store or thrift store for the most garish holiday decorations you can find and go nuts. Wrap your doors and fridge in loud holiday paper and ribbon, transform a room with tinsel and don't forget the bathroom. Remember, you're aiming for over-the-top, so items like this fun toilet seat cover are just a start.
3. Give awards
Hand out prizes in different categories, like Loudest Sweater (with jingle bells!), Scariest Sweater and Cutest Sweater. Mini versions of the holiday's tackiest dessert – fruitcake – make great trophies.
4. Go retro with refreshments
Authentic ugly holiday sweaters date back to the '80s (and maybe earlier), so focus on that era for food and drink inspiration: a retro wreath of pigs in blankets, topped with a bow; red and green cups of Jello (with or without holiday spirits) stacked in a Christmas tree-shaped tower; and so on.
5. Holiday pictures
Make a giant frame from cardboard and tin foil, accent it with Christmas lights and mistletoe and you've got an irresistible photo prop to commemorate the evening with. If you happen to have old holiday pictures of you and your family sporting ugly sweaters, be sure to display them.
Do you have the will to party but lack the space? Maybe Santa will bring you a bigger house for the holidays. If he doesn't come through, Melissa Johnson your Local RE/MAX agent can help.
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Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Here are a few ideas.
1. Go for wags and wiggles
Local animal shelters always need an extra hand, whether it's for walking dogs, socializing cats or the critical daily chores required to save homeless pets.
2. Yes you can
Clear your cabinets of canned food and other non-perishable items – or fill a shopping cart at the store with items to donate – and drop them off at your local food bank.
3. Schmooze with seniors
Volunteer at a local senior center and spend time with an older person who might be feeling especially lonely around the holidays.
4. Give fun
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation collects gifts for kids from needy families. Donation boxes can often be found at local businesses. You can also consider organizing your own collection. Learn more at www.toysfortots.org.
5. Swing a hammer
Santa's not the only one on the rooftops this time of year. The national nonprofit Habitat for Humanity always has projects going. See where you can help in your neighborhood at www.habitat.org.
6. Help the homeless
From helping to serve a holiday meal at a shelter to assisting with job training, check in with the National Coalition for the Homeless to find out how you can help.
I wanted to take the time, to personally say Thank You, to all my friends, family, and Great Clients I have been able to serve this year. I am thankful for your confidence and your business!
Remember to take the time and be with your loved ones this Thanksgiving,
and enjoy every moment!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
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