If you are lucky enough to have a warm home to go to this Thanksgiving, filled with the mouthwatering smell of roasting turkey and the happy chatter of family and friends, then you have plenty of reasons to be thankful. It’s easy to get swept up in the hubbub of cooking and decorating, not to mention family tensions, and lose sight of what’s most important on this uniquely American holiday.
My son left for college at the end of August and left a big hole in our family. I don’t miss his messy room or dirty socks, but I do miss our conversations and being in touch with what’s going on in his daily life.
He doesn’t seem to miss me much, if the number of times he’s contacted us is any indication. I know he’s having a great time and is busy with new experiences. Like all moms, I want him to be happy and make friends, but to know that if he’s sad or lonely or just having a bad day, we are still here for him.
My parents just moved into a new house. Though it was very sad to see them leave a home that they had been in for over 20 years, I get equally excited about new beginnings. They are having fun fixing up and decorating their new place, but one of the things they miss most is their garden, filled with perennials they had planted and nurtured over the past 20 years. They will have a great time creating a garden in their new home, of course, but with all the new house projects in the works, the garden will have to wait. But thinking of their garden got me to thinking of housewarming gift ideas.
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go over to their house for a family BBQ, I had an inspiration: I went out to my lilac bush and cut some fresh flowers—newly blooming, fragrant purple lilacs—and plopped them into an old, cute jar. To remind my parents of their garden, and to ignite inspiration for a new one, I wrote this in a small note card to accompany the bouquet: “Don’t forget, in all the craziness of a new home, to stop and smell the lilacs.”
– Thao T.
Thao is not a gardener. However, the lilac bush is expected to recover soon and show little to no ill-effects of the pruning. Shop our note cards or keep reading our blog for other housewarming gift ideas.
All year long my kids create art masterpieces of all shapes and sizes, in every medium from crayon to clay. Most of it gets put on display, albeit briefly, to be replaced by the next masterpiece a few days later. And when it comes off the fridge where does it go? In the pile. Actually, one of many piles stacked in various locations in our house. There is a pile in my closet, under each kid’s bed, on top of the fridge and on the top shelf in our family room. My brain knows that I cannot continue to hoard my children’s artwork, but my heart won’t let me throw it out. At least not right away. I have a few ideas for kids school projects to share.
Some of the most thoughtful ideas we hear from our customers have to do with thanking others around the holidays. One mom we know encourages each child to choose an extended family member and write a thank you card to express their appreciation for that person, or for something they did that meant a lot to the child.
We’re always looking for Thanksgiving ideas that add meaning to the celebration, and this idea is near the top of the list! If you know someone serving in the military, or someone who has family serving in the military, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year. It is an all-American holiday, a day that brings families together to celebrate the freedom and abundance we enjoy in this country—in stark contrast to the conditions our military members endure in war-torn countries overseas. What better way to give meaning to your Thanksgiving celebration than to reach out and thank these men and women for their sacrifice?
We encourage you to join us in getting out your personalized note cards and writing a few words of thanks to let a military service member know we appreciate the work they are doing and the sacrifice they are making. And when we sit down to our Thanksgiving meal with our loved ones, we will spend a moment thanking those who are serving their country far from home. For more Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog.
One of the things we love about our personalize stationery is that you can, well, personalize it. The simplest way is to simply add your name or initials, but you can also add something as creative as a favorite verse, lyric, original writing or photo. Once the note card is printed, however, what’s inside is all up to you. There are a myriad of reasons to send a personal note, and lots of creative ways to make them even more personal. Not feeling very creative? Here are some of the more delightful note card ideas we’ve heard from our customers that we’re happy to pass along to you. Continue reading