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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

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The holidays are the perfect time of year to reflect on what you’re grateful for and to keep those in mind that aren’t as fortunate.  That’s why we’ve come up with this blog on different charity events taking place this December!  Sometimes the best gift you can give others is hope, and by donating your time, money, or whatever you can spare, you’re giving hope to those in need during the holiday season and making their day just a little bit brighter.

Jolly Jaunt – Want to get a head start on burning off all of those calories you’re going to eat over the holidays? The Jolly Jaunt at the Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers is the perfect way to do so all while giving back!  Join them on Sunday, December 8th for their annual 5K road race/walk and Kids’ 1K Fun Run!  Funds raised will help provide year-round training and competition for 11,000 Special Olympics Athletes in Massachusetts!  After the race there will be a VIP Reception with music, awards, raffles, prizes, and different food from some of the best restaurants on the North Shore!  If you’re interested in participating make sure you register by Friday, December 6th at 9 AM!

Helping Paws for the Holidays – Want to commemorate the holidays with your furry friend? Take them to get their picture with Santa and/or the Grinch at the Eagles Lodge in Lakeville!  This event takes place from December 7-8th, from 10 AM – 4 PM.  The cost is $20 and includes a photo package (includes a single pose photo burned onto a CD and pet goodie bag!)  which can be of just your pet or can include family members as well.  This fundraiser benefits police K9’s Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  This non-profit organization raises funds to purchase bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs, a great cause to support!

Boston’s 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Party – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; everyone loves an ugly sweater party! Don’t miss Boston’s biggest and longest running ugly sweater bash presented by the b Positive Project.  This event will be on Saturday, December 14th at the Hard Rock Cafe and promises to be one of the best parties of the holiday season.  There will be music from the band Classic Yellow, drink specials, pictures with Santa, prizes, and a silent auction which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Tickets are $25 online and at the door but if you register by December 6th you can get them for $20!

Sleigh Full of Laughs – Join local comedians’ Lenny Clarke, Dave Russo, Tony V, and others on Thursday, December 19th for this comedy event benefiting Globe Santa, the Boston Globe’s annual appeal to help needy children in the Boston area.  This event is being hosted by Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus.  Tickets are $25 and this event is sure to leave you feeling jolly and bright just in time for the holidays!

All of these charity events benefit wonderful causes, so whichever one you go to you can’t go wrong!  Plan a day out with family, friends, or even co-workers and head to one of these fun events!

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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

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How Many Of These Traditions Do You Celebrate On Thanksgiving?

Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is only one week away!  We know there are a few things we can always count on; food, football, fun, and family.  Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays but there are a few that are pretty widespread.   Between the Macy’s Day Parade, football, breaking the wishbone, and of course the turkey, there are so many traditions to enjoy and squeeze into one day!  Which of these are your favorites?

Macy’s Day Parade – This is a Thanksgiving favorite!  Each year millions of people tune in from home and line the streets of New York to see this wonderous display of floats, bands, performances, and balloons trail through the city.  Beginning in 1924, this is the 86th year of the Parade and it gets better and better each time.  It begins at 9 AM, however if you plan on attending the actual event in New York City, spectators have been know to arrive as early as 6:30 AM!  With over 10,000 participants including the NYPD Marching Band, performance groups, clowns, and Santa himself, the event is sure to please viewers of all ages, as it does every year.  Tune into NBC Thanksgiving morning while you get ready for the day and enjoy the show!

Football – Thanksgiving is one of the biggest football days of the year, it is as much a part of the holiday as the turkey itself (at least for guys).  So what can you expect for games on the big day?  In terms of the NFL, there will be three games on CBS, the first between the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM, second between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 PM, and the night will close out with the New England Patriots vs the New York Jets at 8:20 PM.  Many towns also have high school football teams play against their biggest rival on Thanksgiving, so that is a great social event to take advantage of before the feast begins!  Another way to enjoy some football?  Why not head outside after the big meal and work off some of those calories with a quick game?

The Wishbone – Wishbone’s can be found in the chest area of all turkeys and chickens, and breaking it is a fun way to celebrate, especially with children.  Legend has it that two people each hold an end of the wishbone, make a wish, and then pull on the ends until it breaks, whoever has the larger piece gets their wish!  Breaking the wishbone can be tricky, especially if it hasn’t had time to dry out.  Be sure to give it some time to dry and become brittle, if you want, save this year’s wishbone until next Thanksgiving and break it then, so that each Thanksgiving going forward you can split the wishbone from the previous years’ turkey.  This is a fun tradition to participate in with siblings, your better half, or anyone you enjoy stirring up some competition with!

Giving Thanks – During this time of year, we need to remember why we come together to celebrate and keep in mind why we give thanks.  Everyone has something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, whether it be friends, family, health, or happiness, or a day off of work.  Whatever you are thankful for, take a moment before the big meal to go around the table and have each family member share their thoughts, it will make everyone feel better and celebrates the true meaning behind Thanksgiving!  At this time of year, not only should we be thankful for what we have, but it’s important to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  See if there’s any way you can give back in your neighborhood this year!  Many towns have food drives, soup kitchens, or even races to benefit the homeless on or around Thanksgiving, so look up some local events and see how you can get involved!

These traditions are only a few of the ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, however you spend the holiday, keep in mind the origins and remember to be thankful for all of your blessings!

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