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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Desi Sowers

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

by Desi Sowers

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you are planning to have a houseful of kids at your celebration, you may want to prepare some fun crafts for them to do to keep them busy until the feast is ready.  If they are busy creating fun Thanksgiving crafts, you won’t have to worry about them being underfoot while preparing your meal.  It’s an especially good idea if the weather is not nice and they can’t get outside to play and burn off energy.  Plus, kids love to feel like they are helping, so let them make placemats, place cards and decorations for your table.  Check out these fun, simple crafts:

THANKSGIVING PLACEMATS - This easy craft can be done by kids of all ages.  Simply use these Fun Printable Thanksgiving Placemats and provide crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, or markers.  Print them on nice, thick art paper so that they will lie flat on the table.  If the kids use paints, make sure they start early to give them plenty of time to dry.  And if there is an older child or adult with time on their hands, you can even purchase laminating paper so that the placemats can be preserved and used again next year!


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TURKEY FINGER PUPPET -  Little ones be delighted by these precious little DIY TURKEY FINGER PUPPETS.  All you need are foam sheet, scissors, glue, and a hole punch.  If there are older kids, they can help by doing the cutting. Otherwise, an adult should prepare the materials by pre-cutting them and then the little ones can do the gluing.  When they are done, they will have a terrific turkey friend top play with all day!


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THANKFUL TREE - The whole family can take part in this activity that helps to teach little ones about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  Use a large piece of butcher paper to draw a leafless tree (or have an older child do it). Hang the butcher paper on the wall with sticky putty.  Provide templates for different shaped leaves.  The kids can trace and cut out the leaves and write what they are thankful for on them.  They can also cut out leaves for all the adults and let them write what they are thankful for as well.  Then everyone can put their leaves on the tree with sticky putty or glue and you will have a beautiful, colorful Thanksgiving Tree!


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DIY HANDPRINT TURKEY PLACE CARD HOLDER - You will have to plan ahead for this craft so that you have the materials you need on hand.  But the result will be these precious place card holders literally made from your little ones’ hands!  You will need brown construction paper, natural wood clothespins, paints in fall colors, stick-on googly eyes, paintbrushes, scissors, glue, pencils, and white cardstock.   Depending on the age of the children, they may need help writing the names on the cards. Allow them to help set the table by putting their homemade place cards at each setting.


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THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE - You may not know this, but little kids LOVE to pour.  It sounds so simple…and it is, but they get great joy out of it!  So why not let them add to your lovely  table by making this Easy DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece.  You will need six empty glass containers like milk bottles or mason jars, various colors of dried beans and corn, six taper candles, some ribbon and letters to spell out “thanks”.  You can let older kids cut the letters out of construction paper, or you can purchase chipboard letters in the scrapbooking section of the craft store.


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So, keep those kids busy Thanksgiving Day with these fun crafts and be thankful for their wonderful contributions to this special holiday!  Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Warm Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

by Desi Sowers

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Thanksgiving is a VERB!

by Desi Sowers

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate. So, give thanks this year by helping others! To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the New River Valley area:

Virginia Salvation Army - There are numerous opportunities to give back to the community via the Salvation Army.  Help feed the hungry this holiday season by volunteering to be a bell ringer, making donations or giving or your time to help their many endeavors.  Click here to find the Salvation Army location closest to you.  Join the Army and make a positive difference in someone’s life this year!

Special Olympics VA - Come help to create a magical holiday celebration for the wonderful athletes that participate in Special Olympics.  What could be more fun than dancing the night away and bringing smiles to the faces of these amazing people?  Contact the organization here to get involved. You will be glad you did!

New River Community Action - This organization provides many services for the most vulnerable residents of the community - the homeless, the disabled, former offenders, and struggling young families.  You can donate here, or give of your time to volunteer.  Volunteer opportunities are numerous and include helping with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Feeding America Southwest VA - FASWVA makes it so easy for you to help those in need! They are hosting several events where they will be accepting donations as well as providing volunteer opportunities.  With your help, nobody will go hungry this holiday season!

May the Blessings of this Thanksgiving Fill Your Heart and Home!

by Desi Sowers

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Henry Van Dyke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?:

-    The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

-    Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

-    No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

-    Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to remember all that you have to be grateful for.  

Wishing you and yours a day filled with joy. 

 

 

Courtesy of your New River Valley Real Estate Expert Desi Sowers

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Desi Sowers

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