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21 Nov

7 New Traditions to Think about Adding to Your Thanksgiving

21/11/2014   |   2 Comments   |   Posted in Creativity & Inspiration

Thanksgiving is perhaps the most traditional tradition in the United States. After all, it is literally the first holiday we consecrated as Americans. Even though the holiday has been in our midst since as early as 1621, here are 7 new traditions you can choose to add to your existing Thanksgiving festivities this year.
  1. Invite a neighbor, classmate, gal from the gym or co-worker who doesn’t have any family to dinner. Remember how fun and exciting it was having a “guest” at dinner when you were younger? Bring back that same feeling when you integrate someone new into the mix this year. Conversations will be reinvigorated and your guest might even add extra flare to the day with a cool recipe or tradition share of their own.
  1. Personalize the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving. Bring back the Thanksgiving craft vibe and place a piece of construction paper with a marker at each placemat. Encourage guests as they arrive to collect their paper and write all the blessings they “harvested” this year and as you “give thanks” before dinner, allow each guest to read their list.
  1. Add an extra “thankful” touch! You know how Mardi Gras has a King Cake in which a tiny plastic baby is hidden in the cake? The legend goes that whoever gets the piece with the plastic baby, has to host the next party. Why not integrate this tradition with a Thanksgiving spin? Maybe a tiny, plastic pilgrim could make its way into a pumpkin pie and that person hosts the festivities next year!
  1. Give conversation a jumpstart. Have small cardstock placed underneath each guest’s plate that has a fun conversation topic on it to get people involved in upbeat discussions (otherwise, you could be listening to Grandpa Joe and Uncle Ted’s election debate).
  1. Make a Thanksgiving Tree. Who says Christmas gets to have all the foliage fun? Grab a decorative pot and fixate a decorative branch firmly in the middle and surround with sand (cover with leaves if you’d like). Cut out paper ornaments fastened by ribbon and have guests write their thankful thoughts and date them. Each year you can continue adding to your Tree of Thanks! (You can even get specific and have guests write their favorite memory from that particular Thanksgiving gathering).
  1. Make a Thanksgiving quote “line”. In your initial invitation to guests, ask that they bring their favorite Thanksgiving quote. Pin each quote with a clothespin to a line of twine somewhere near the main dining area. It will be something inspirational people can look at while visiting with each other and starting conversations. 
  1. Donate a “Closet of Thanks”. Ask that guests bring any old winter clothes, coats, scarves, or shoes to the party. Place a large basket near the front door labeled “Closet of Thanks Donations” and give the contributions to a local cause the next day.
Thanksgiving is one of the ultimate celebrations of positivity and gratitude. May it reflect you and your personal relationship with all your blessings.  
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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19 Nov

Women To Watch: Stevie Nicks

19/11/2014   |   No Comments »   |   Posted in Barbara McNally, Sage

Stephanie Lynn ("Stevie") Nicks is an American singer-songwriter who has had an extensive career, both solo and with Fleetwood Mac. She produced over forty Top 50 hits and won eight Grammy Award nominations for her solo work and five more with Fleetwood Mac, the group she joined in 1975. Rolling Stone magazine called her "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll" and one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time." In 1998, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac. Notably, their second album Rumours, released after Nicks joined the group, remained in first place on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. Her song "Dreams" was the band's number one U.S. hit.

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