Thanksgiving is About Gratitude

During the stress of making the meal, cleaning house, and figuring out what to do with a dozen or more people for an afternoon, sometimes we lose sight of the fact that Thanksgiving is all about gratitude.  It’s the one time of the year we should explicitly come together to talk about what we’re thankful for.

Many people like to go around the table and share something they’re thankful for.  This is a great tradition, especially if it has been a trying year.  It’s good to hear the many different things people are thankful for, and it can help us remember the things we have to be grateful for in our own lives.

So what are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?  If you’re having trouble thinking of something, here are a few things we’re thankful for:
•    Family
•    Friends
•    Our health
•    Having a job
•    Having a home
•    Our pets
•    The little things – a warm bed to snuggle in, a slice of our favorite pie, a hot cup of coffee in the morning, and anything that makes us smile!

Thanksgiving Parties are Fun!

While some people dread the Thanksgiving holiday and everything it brings, there’s really no need to stress over it.  Yes, if you’re hosting the meal it does mean you’ll be doing a lot of cooking and cleaning, but these events can still be fun.  Here are a few ways of making Thanksgiving fun and exciting for the whole family.

1)    Make cleaning a game for your kids.  See who can clean their room the fastest, for example.  Likewise, have them help you out with the cooking.  Kids can do small chores like set the table or carry lightweight dishes.

2)    Have others pitch in.  There’s no reason why you have to be responsible for every part of Thanksgiving.  In many families, guests bring at least one dish to Thanksgiving.  Delegate the side dishes, desserts, and drinks to others so you don’t stress so much.

3)    Make at least one dish you absolutely love.  There’s nothing like enjoying a meal featuring one (or more) of your favorite foods.  Make a few things you enjoy making and eating.

4)    Remember that your family and friends don’t care that much about how things look.  The important part is everyone getting together for the meal.  Sure, some families have that one person who will be critical, but why let that ruin the day?  Also remember that most things, even if they seem to stick out to you, won’t be noticed by your guests.

5)    Finally, remember to take a few moments during the preparation part of the holiday to just relax and breathe.  Holidays aren’t meant to be stressful!  Take a few minutes to think about how great it will be to have everyone together for a meal and let the stress evaporate.

Buying Holiday Gifts Online

Some people like to get out and shop. They enjoy walking through the mall and browsing through various stores. To them, the shopping experience is a part of the holidays, and they wouldn’t skip it for anything. Others, however, have decided the hustle and bustle of the holidays just isn’t for them, and they’ve started buying their holiday gifts online.

It’s not difficult to buy holiday gifts online. All you need is an internet connect and a credit or debit card. Actually, you don’t even need plastic—you can use your checking account to purchase items from many online businesses.

There are many advantages to shopping online, but many people want to know about the bottom line: is shopping online a better deal than braving the cold and the crowds? After all, you do have to pay for shipping. The good news is that online stores rarely charge more for items than their physical counterparts. In fact, online stores are often cheaper. The reason for this is that they don’t have as much overhead or operating expenses. They don’t have to pay to have their inventory transported from warehouses to stores, for example. They don’t have to employ as many people, and they don’t have to pay utility expenses for all of their physical stores. This means they can charge less per item and still make a profit.

What about shipping costs? Well, yes, you do have to pay for shipping in some cases. However, many stores have specials where they offer free shipping if you purchase a specific amount of products. Amazon, for example, gives free shipping on orders over $25. If you plan on purchasing a lot of gifts from the same store, check their shipping costs first. Just like shopping in physical stores, it never hurts to shop around to see who has the best deals. Also remember that shopping online early will save you on costs—if you want until the last minute, you will have to pay for the expensive express shipping or risk not having your gifts in time for the holidays.

So is it cheaper to shop online? The answer is that is often depends. Sometimes, you can find the same deals in stores, and sometimes you can’t. Shipping is sometimes a factor, but then again, when shopping in physical stores, you have to consider gas costs and taxes (many online purchases aren’t taxed, but some are). Some people don’t mind paying a bit extra to avoid the crowds during the holiday season. If you do a little comparison shopping, order early so you don’t have to pay for expedited shipping, and are comfortable using the internet to make purchases, buying your holiday gifts online can be a great way to do your shopping.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Flowers

Turkey? Check! Cranberries? Yep. Pumpkin Pie? Ready to serve with whipped cream. So what’s left? Oh no! There are no Thanksgiving flowers to put on the table! If you need some last minute thanksgiving flowers, it’s not too late. While you probably don’t want to wait until the day before to go turkey shopping, if you forget your flowers, you might still be able to pick some up.

If you’re shopping for last minute Thanksgiving flowers, there are a few things to be aware of. First of all, your florist, no matter how good they are, may be out of your first choice. Popular arrangements tend to sell out quickly. Cornucopias and large arrangements may already be gone. However, this doesn’t mean your dinner is ruined. Many florists also have a number of smaller arrangements that they can make for Thanksgiving.

Even if your florist is out of some of their advertised arrangements, that doesn’t have to put a damper on your plans. Any good, creative florist can take what flowers they have in stock and create something completely beautiful and amazing. Just tell your florist what you’re looking for, and he or she will work magic. There are many different flowers that work for Thanksgiving, after all. Sunflowers, orange and dark red roses, yellow and orange gerberas, orange lilies, and many other flowers will fit nicely with your Thanksgiving décor. Greenery, acorns, pinecones, and even some gourds and pumpkins can be added if you feel like your arrangement needs a bit of fleshing out. Throw in a few candles, and you’re done!

It’s always advisable to order your Thanksgiving flowers in advance, of course, but even if you don’t, it’s OK. Just be sure to pick them up as soon as possible so you’ve got some options. As always, we have a great selection of Thanksgiving flowers. Browse them now on our website and place your order soon!