6 Ideas to Make Your Thanksgiving Fun!
- Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s department store began sponsoring widely attended parades of more than a quarter million people in the 1920s with simple floats, such as Humpty Dumpty. First-generation immigrants joined in the procession, grateful to their adopted country for accepting and nurturing them.
Live animals from the Central Park Zoo were displayed in the parade. Store employees dressed up like cowboys and clowns, and the balloons depicting cartoon figures such as Felix the Cat were released and sometimes floated for days, with the finder able to claim a prize.
- Thanksgiving Day Crafts
There are plenty of cute holiday crafts to make before Thanksgiving and even on the day itself. Guests will enjoy working with pinecones, construction paper, crayons, and scissors to create cutouts of placemats, wreaths and table settings.
One idea is to make a Thankful Wreath. You can do this by cutting a half circle from the center of a paper plate. Cut out different kinds of leaves from autumn colors of construction paper—orange, brown, green and yellow.
Glue the leaves around the rim of the paper plate. In the bottom center of the paper plate, the child can write, “I am thankful for ...” with a marker or crayon, then draw or write on each leaf something he or she feels thankful for.
- Play Thanksgiving Day Games
You can tweak just about any favorite game to give it a bit of Thanksgiving flair. Here is a favorite :
Pin the Tail on the Turkey: Make a brightly colored turkey tail from construction paper, as well as a turkey body that can be taped on the wall.
Blindfold the person spin them, and let them have a chance to pin the tail on the turkey. The first child to do it gets a prize.
- Get Outside!
With all the record-breaking eating going on, it’s a good idea to plan a pre- or post-dinner walk or game of lawn football so people can burn off some of the extra calories. If you’re near a park, a brisk hike on a relatively easy trail would be great for kindling an appetite beforehand or staying awake afterward. Make sure everyone is dressed suitably for the weather.
- Give Thanks
This can be done differently in various households, but it is a good idea for emotional health and a positive attitude to let others know that you are grateful for what you have. Giving each person a chance to say something as you go around the dinner table before eating will set a great example for all generations.
- Turkey Talk
Tell a "story in the round" by making a circle and starting with the first person who makes up the first line of a Thanksgiving story. An example might be, “Jerry didn’t want to go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving this year.”
The next person adds a sentence to give the story another twist. The third person does the same. Go around the circle until the story ends—usually in outbursts of laughter!
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Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 heaping tablespoon chipotle pepper puree
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8-inch thick
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Whisk together cream and chipotle puree until smooth.
- In a 9 by 9-inch casserole dish, arrange the potatoes in even layers. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the cream mixture and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, cream, and salt and pepper to form 10 layers.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes, remove cover and continue baking for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the cream has been absorbed and the potatoes are cooked through and the top is browned.
Turning on the Heat
As the weather cools down, many of you will be turning on your heat for the first time. To give the unit time to adjust to the change, please leave the unit “Off” for 5 minutes when switching from “Cool” to “Heat”.
Because the heating elements have been unused for several months, dust may have accumulated on the element. The first time you turn on the unit, the dust may heat up and cause smoke and a burning smell.
This is normal. If the smoke detector goes off, you may need to open the windows to allow the apartment to clear out. For normal use, however, please do not have the heating/air conditioning unit running while the windows are open, as this can cause additional wear and tear to the unit.
Pet Waste Disposal
It has been brought to our attention that pet waste is not being picked up throughout our community.
We are sending this notice as a reminder that all pet waste should be disposed of at a pet station immediately.
Violators will incur a $25.00 fine.
Pet waste is more than smelly and unsightly – it is a health risk to other pets and people. Not only is pet waste pick-up mandated by your lease agreement, it is the law!
Please remember that having a pet is a privilege, not a right. Failure to keep pets on a leash and not cleaning up after a pet is grounds for removal of the pet.
Pet waste stations are provided and tended to regularly for your utmost convenience. Thank you for your help in keeping Abberly Green a beautiful place to call home!
Before you know it the Holidays will be upon us! Here are some helpful hints from the Abberly Green Team. Make sure your holiday goes smoothly by checking:
- Stove Burners
- Garbage Disposal
- Kitchen and Bathroom Drains
- Anything else that you don’t use often that a guest may need!
Please check the above items by November 20th and place any service requests to ensure that our service team will have plenty of time to take care of any items that need to be repaired and order any parts if necessary.
Most importantly, we wish all of our residents a safe and happy holiday season!
Dates to Remember:
- November 2nd – National Book Lovers Day
- November 11th – Veterans Day
- November 17th – National Take a Hike Day
- November 28th – Thanksgiving
- November 29th – Black Friday