Less than a week to go to one of many favorite holidays: Thanksgiving!
What makes this day so special, you ask?
For starters, there is a lot of yummy food, families hang out together and there is this whole “glad to be alive and to be surrounded by so many blessings” vibe that is spread everywhere which we absolutely adore. So how are you going to spend your Thanksgiving Day and weekend?
Are you looking for things to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Northern Virginia and nearby cities? Here are a few suggestions which you can try out.
1. Throw a Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner
Instead of going to a Thanksgiving Lunch or Dinner yourself, why not host one at your own home? You do not have to invite your entire social circle if you do not want to, but just a few dear and near ones that make your life truly better can all get together at your place for an awesome Thanksgiving party. Especially since we live in a military community, it’s sometimes easier to just stay local and enjoy Thanksgiving with our friends instead of flying or driving hours to get to our childhood home.
Helpful Hints for Happier Holidays
Have you ever had a stressful holiday, or a family gathering that didn’t end well? If so, you are not alone! The social and family parties that dot your calendar from November to January can be wonderful times of conversation, laughter, and warm memories. But they can also be tense and uncomfortable.
Schedules and diets are different. Vacationing kids get bored easily. Time to exercise can be sparse. When all this comes together, tempers flare and relationships become strained. Add in the fact that family visits often expose old, unresolved pain, and you have a recipe for stress.
“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet, with a few nuts” – Les Dawson
If you’re in the military or have married into the military lifestyle, there is one statement that ranks high on the annoy list than another “are you coming home for the holidays?” Thanksgiving and Christmas time seems to be the most popular time of the year when this question is asked, and most military families will tell you this question alone brings up a collective groan.
As you can imagine, military members and their families are stationed all over the country and around the world. In addition, military members deal with deployments and temporary duty in other locations. So, to hear “are you coming home for the holidays” can be a huge burden especially if they have a spouse and children. Depending on where the military member is located, hearing this statement can be overwhelming and potentially cause a serious financial strain. In addition, many military couples and families are from different states and/or city than their spouse. Which makes it even more difficult and expensive to visit multiple locations within a holiday season or even in one year.
6 Fun Date Night Ideas for Married Couples
Just because you are married, doesn't mean your life has be boring or you become that dreaded married couple! To set the stage, send the kids away for a night or two to your parents’ place (or hire a babysitter!), while you and your sweetheart gear up for a romantic night out. For military families, it may be hard to send your children away to your parents, but ask the friends or neighbors you trust to watch your children over night.
No clue where to go and what to do on the pending date? Don’t you worry, for I’ve got a couple of fun date night ideas just for you!
Although it's morning, the fall skies are dark and awaiting the arrival of the sun and one of the Air Force's newest newest promotee. The outside of The National Archives is in preparation for the Veteran's Day festivities that will start new week. One of the newest changes is the American Flag Banner hanging in from of the museum.
As Major Schwartz arrived, he was greeted by his friends and co-workers.
Veterans Day Celebrations
Veterans Day is quickly coming up! Just a couple of days to go to it and if you still haven’t decided how you would be spending this day, then you have come to the right place.
As an Air Force Veteran myself, I always look for ways I can go celebrate the day with fellow veterans and military spouses. Considering that this is a special occasion where the United States gets to thank all its veterans for having served their duties to the best of their abilities, several businesses follow the lead as well with offering complimentary things to veterans.
From lunches and dinners to free entries to several awesome museums, there is a lot that you can choose from to make this year’s Veterans Day a special one. Let’s get started with the list.
Family Beverages for a Fabulous Fall
Why should you just restrict yourself to baking a mouthwatering pumpkin or sweet potato pie for your family this fall? Why not brew or mix a cup of something equally delicious to go with your slice of pie?
With the considerable cooler morning temperatures, this is the time I start looking for warm drinks. My usual go-to is coffee with flavored coffee creamer. My kids love the cooler weather as well because they can drink hot chocolate and the talk of school snow days are the topic of discussion.
There are so many heavenly drinks that you and your entire family can sip on as you enjoy this wonderful season. Check out the delicious recipes below, we are sure you will find something that suits your taste buds the best.
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