Nov 232014
 
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In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked the following questions regarding Thanksgiving traditions and received some terrific responses! As you read through, think about your own holiday traditions and what they mean to you and your family. Feel free to comment at the end of the article!

What family Thanksgiving traditions are most important to you to continue with as well as pass down to your children?

What makes the traditions important to you and why do you want to be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren?

Greg DiVilbiss

Greg DiVilbiss

I am a commercial Real Estate Developer that during the downturn became C.O.O. of a software company. I subsqeuently started a local marketing company. I have been studying personal development since High School (54 now) I meditate regularly. I was married to a woman who developed post partum psychosis and has been institutionalized for years…My blog is about personal development, my companies are real estate and local marketing.

socialwebcafe

socialwebcafe

Encouraging others to persist in positivity. Soon to be psychotherapist/coach in I/O psychology.

joehall

joehall

12 years as a programmer. 7 years as a SEO.

Don Sturgill

Don Sturgill

I help people sell more and stress less. I am a freelance writer, focusing on newsletters, articles, and email marketing. I write. You win.
Q. What family Thanksgiving traditions are most important to you to continue with as well as pass down to your children?

A. Greg DiVilbiss (Partner)

We don’t have a set version of traditions. The thing I like best however is the chance to get to see relatives that I do not see often. Of course there is the food. I value the chance to stop and really think about what I am thankful for and how wonderful it is to be born into a country that has the freedoms we enjoy. Did I mention the food? I love sweet potato casserole with nuts and marshmellows on the top.

A. socialwebcafe (Appreciating The Goodness in Life)

The most meaningful Thanksgiving tradition to me, and to my children, is that of pausing before eating the dinner and each sharing that one thing that they are thankful for this year.  With all of the hustle and bustle in life, just the pausing to share in a non-hurried manner helps all of us to appreciate what we have and to be able to identify ways to give to others who may be in need.  This is something we try to practice daily, but Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to stop and take notice and to realize that all of us have cause to be thankful.

A. joehall (SEO Consultant)

Every year we go around the table before we eat and say one thing that we are thankful for. I remember fondly when I was struggling through school my father said he was thankful for me passing French class! It is a fun way to teach the kids about graditude.

A. Don Sturgill (Writer, Dreamer, Believer)

Each Thanksgiving, we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. Each person says one thing during each round … and the rounds can go on for quite a spell. We sometimes do this during the year, but always on Thanksgiving.

Q. What makes the traditions important to you and why do you want to be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren?

A. Greg DiVilbiss (Partner)

I think the gathering of family, it seems to me that people are getting more and more distanced from each other and they do not feel the connection to their roots. I hope to pass on how important it is to stay close and continue to see each other as grandparents and parents move on to the next chapter in life.

A. socialwebcafe (Appreciating The Goodness in Life)

This tradition is important to me because it is about attitude and putting things into perspective.  In a world that encourages expressing oneself, even complaints, I believe we need to realize the positive in life.  As an elderly friend would say, when I asked him how he was doing, “Vertical and taking nourishment.”  It is funny how that quote put it into perspective for me that sometimes those things which we take for granted are the very things that others view as priceless.  So, Thanksgiving is a checkpoint reminder of paying attention to what really matters, which, in our family is about the positive persistence and focusing on how we can help others rather than how much food we can stuff in our tummies.

A. joehall (SEO Consultant)

I think that we as a culture don’t do enough to give thanks in our everyday lives, so I like the idea of teaching our childern the importance of feeling grateful about the many blessings they have and the warm embrace of their families and friends.

A. Don Sturgill (Writer, Dreamer, Believer)

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks. We get so caught up in life that we don’t often take time to stop and be grateful. I want my family to experience the special blessing that goes with gratitude.

 

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Nov 092014
 
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Shopping for teens can be very difficult, especially a girl. They can be pretty picky and particular when it comes to clothes, even though clothes are usually what they want the most! Unless you have a list of links to specific items for the teen girl in your life, ideas for other gifts can be quite a challenge.

With all of this in mind, below you will find a list of gift ideas that the teen girl you are planning to buy for might really like.

Easy Gifts

  1. Jewelry. Most types of jewelry are acceptable and trending items can be easily seen by looking at other teens, asking the jeweler, or just by seeing what your teen already likes and wears. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and even fashionable watches are always great choices.
  2. Sleepwear. Some teen girls are not as particular about the clothes they wear at home as those they were out. Pajama pants, silky or fluffy robes, and cute slippers are super choices!
  3. Electronics. Your teen girl might be ready for an upgraded cell phone, computer, tablet, camera, or television. They use all of these items not only to stay in touch with friends and family, but also for homework and entertainment. Take an inventory on her current electronics and see if it is time for an upgrade.
    1. Accessories. Cell phone cases, laptop bags, tablet cases, computer trays, and any other accessory that can be purchased is a perfect idea if you have decided to upgrade her electronics. Getting a new accessory for the new purchase is ideal.
  4. Gift cards. These are always easy to purchase and come in handy for your teen. A gift card for iTunes, if they use Apple products, is an awesome gift. Gift cards for the local mall can normally be used at any store within that mall. Even gift cards for your teen’s favorite stores are usually available and can often be used online as well as at the physical location. Another thought is a salon gift card for your teen to get her hair or nails done. You can never go wrong with a gift card!

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  1. Personalized Items. There is a great website for personalized gifts called CafePress.com. (I have personally ordered many items from there over the years.) You can find T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, hats, and other items that can have photos or sayings on them. Many come all ready to go while others can be personalized with your own words or pictures.
  2. Concert or Event Tickets. Check your local venues for concerts or events that your teen girl might love. If you know her favorite band or musician, see if they will be playing within the next several months. Or, if your teen enjoys sports see if there are tickets for an upcoming game. Even tickets to live shows can be a good idea if your teen enjoys them.
  3. Room Décor. Maybe your teen would like to have her room redecorated. This in itself can be terrific gift! If you cannot afford to do the whole room, get a few items instead such as a cool lamp, a vanity for doing her hair and makeup, a new bedding set, or a comfy chair where she can kick back after school.
  4. Memberships or Subscriptions. Think about purchasing a fan club membership for your teen’s favorite band or a subscription to a popular fashion magazine she enjoys.

With the holidays approaching, it is time for many to begin their shopping. Don’t wait until the last minute – you may be at the mercy of sold-out tickets or shipping delays. Start now with some of these great ideas for the teen girl in your life!

Do you have other great gift ideas you would like to share? Please leave a comment below!

 

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