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Give Thanks & Eat Pie, Week 3: Getting Ready Tips from Michael-Jay Williams and Spica Real Estate

Decorating for the Holidays

Everyone wants the holidays to be festive and fun, so if you love decorating, then "Pinterest" out your whole house.

Sometimes I get carried away at the holidays. So, if you want to see what I've been doing, you can follow me @ "The Fancy Dad!" on Pinterest.

If decorating is not your thing, then don't stress over it. Some festive paper plates and napkins you pick up at the supermarket are just as good.

Entertaining vs. Hospitality

Entertaining is all about the HOST of the party and how well the host executes the party.
Hospitality is about the guest. Hospitality can happen anywhere, while folding laundry, in a dirty house, or over a cup of coffee with a friend.

Keeping Kids Busy

Happy Thanksgiving Mad Libs

How about some printables? Below is a link to a Thanksgiving Mad Libs Printable that is perfect for keeping the kids entertained while the turkey finishes cooking!

Source Credit: Happinessishomesmade.com
A favorite non-profit for the Spica Real Estate team to support!

Decorate Sacks for Suppers

Why not keep the kids busy and give back at the same time? You and your family this holiday season can volunteer right from home by decorating uplifting lunch sacks for kids who receive them.

Help Kids Food Basket provide an extra touch of love to every child they serve! Each Sack Supper is a nutritious, ready-to-eat meal delivered right to a child’s classroom or summer site, ensuring children have access to the healthy food they need to thrive. Decorated Sack Supper bags are the secret ingredient to success— we need your help year-round to provide that extra touch of love! Teachers and school staff tell us that kids can’t wait to get their decorated Sack Suppers and that to some children, that extra touch of love and caring makes all the difference. Get Creative. Tap into your inner artist using markers, pens, pencils, or crayons to decorate. Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas: Write an inspirational message like: “You are a star!” or “¡Que tengas un hermoso día!” Draw flowers, trucks, spaceships, stars, sports, or any colorful designs.

What you will need!

Brown or white 6 or 8 lb. (or extra-large – Size is 6” wide X 11-12” tall) paper sacks work best (these can be purchased in bulk at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores). Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore, cannot contain religious or political messages. Please refrain from using paint, glitter, feathers, or stickers.

Drop Off Locations

Please feel free to drop decorated bags off during our regular business hours, Monday – Friday from, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Or Call/Text Michael-Jay at 616-729-9300, and he will arrange a pick-up from you.

For some of us, the holidays may be too painful, especially for those of us who have experienced a recent loss of loved ones.

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

4 ways to survive the holidays

  1. Plan/Prioritize
  2. Pace yourself
  3. People vs. privacy
  4. Perspective

How planning benefits you: If you’re thinking about entering the holiday season without a plan, we encourage you to consider how a simple, flexible plan will give you a bit of control over your emotions.

Some other tips:

  • Decide ahead of time what you will do for the holidays.
  • Maybe it's time to start a new traditions around the memory of your lost loved one.
  • Ask for help.
  • DRINK - Plenty of water.
  • EAT -  Regular meals.
  • EXERCISE - Even just walking around the house.
  • REST - Get plenty of sleep.
  • Have an Exit Plan. If you go somewhere, be able to leave when you want.
  • Have a script as to what you will share, and repeat that script.
  • Also don't be afraid to shift the conversation if you need to.
Created By
Michael-Jay Williams
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Credits:

Created with images by Preslie Hirsch - "untitled image" • Erica Marsland-Huynh - "Our front porch, decorated with lanterns, pumpkins and colorful mums for the fall season. Rhode Island, USA -- homes and decor like this are very common in New England/Northeastern United States" • Scott Webb - "Leaves in the air" • Matt Reed - "Boys at an apple orchard" Happy Thanksgiving Mad Libs C 2017 Happiness is Homemad [www.happinessishomemade.com] https://www.happinessishomemade.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Thanksgiving-Mad-Libs-Printable.pdf Decorate Sack Suppers: Kids Food Basket Brown or white 6 or 8 lb. (or extra-large – Size is 6” wide X 11-12” tall) paper sacks work best (can be purchased at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores in bulk). Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore, cannot contain religious or political messages. Please refrain from using paint, glitter, feathers, or stickers. Please feel free to drop decorated bags off during our regular business hours, Monday – Friday from, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Kids Place mate: https://www.priorityministries.com/christian-womens-blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/11/Priority-Ministries-Kids-Thanksgiving-Printable.pdf Priority Ministries, P. O. Box 319, Santa Fe, TX – 77510 Phone: (832)632-2197 Copyright © 2019 Priority Ministries. All Rights Reserved. Write an inspirational message like: “You are a star!” or “¡Que tengas un hermoso día!” Draw flowers, trucks, spaceships, stars, sports, or any colorful designs. Griefshare.org https://www.griefshare.org/holidays/events/search GriefShare is a ministry of Church Initiative. © Church Initiative. Email: info@griefshare.org Phone: 800-395-5755 International: 919-562-2112