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10 ways to say ”Thank you” on Memorial Day

Holidays
By Gatherings Gal May 22, 2014

For most people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the beach or participate in other gatherings. But Memorial Day has the word “memorial” in it for a reason.

President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Originally called Decoration Day, the day is dedicated to remembering those who have died in our nation’s service and thanking those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom.

Here are 10 ways to say ”Thank you” this Memorial Day:
  1. If you know somebody who is actively serving, write them a letter or send an email. Younger children can draw a picture of a flag.
  2. Fly a flag.
  3. Attend a parade to pay tribute to the veterans in the area.
  4. Make patriotic cookies for a veteran. Many retirement facilities have large numbers of veterans living there.
  5. If you own a business, give a discount to veterans.
  6. If you live near a family of one who is serving, take your kids over and offer to do yard work, repaint a fence or plant some flowers.
  7. If you can’t find a parade, find a local memorial that you can visit instead to pay your respects.
  8. Plant a tree in memory of a veteran.
  9. Help send a care package to a service member. 
  10. Send balloons to your local recruiter’s office. 

Sound off: How do you pay your respects on Memorial Day?

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10 creative ideas for Easter baskets

Family | Holidays
By Gatherings Gal April 17, 2014

Easter if just a few days away! Think beyond the chocolate bunnies, and get creative with your Easter baskets this year. We’ve put together a list of 10 creative basket ideas that go way beyond chocolate Easter eggs.

  1. Activity basket – sidewalk chalk, silly putty, Play-Doh, bubbles, coloring book and crayons.
  2. Game basket – simple games like a ball and jacks, Rubik’s cube, crossword puzzle.
  3. Toddler basket – Easter pacifiers, sippy cups, plush bunny, cars, board books.
  4. Healthy living basket – granola bars, jump rope, heart rate monitor, reusable water bottle.
  5. Spring basket – garden seeds, butterfly net, flower pot, mini shovel, gardening gloves.
  6. Little baker basket – colorful measuring spoons, cake mix and cupcake liners, sprinkles.
  7. Silver screen basket – movie tickets, popcorn, candy, DVDs.
  8. Artistic basket – watercolor set, calligraphy pen set, journal, bead bracelet kit.
  9. Spa basket – facial masks, body scrubs, loofah, lotion.
  10. Foodie basket – restaurant gift cards, recipes, spices, olive oil, kitchen hand towels.

Sound off: What was the best item you ever received in an Easter basket?

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