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Friday

Mele Kalikimaka - Merry Christmas Carol Countdown



Mele Kalikimaka! And Aloha, Santa!

Christmas is coming, as everyone knows. To make the season more merry, Practically at Home will post a different Yuletide carol or holiday song video each day until Christmas. 

These will appear in no particular order – sort of like a scrambled playlist.

These Christmas song selections may be faith-based or just fairly festive. Some will warm your heart, while others may stick in your head all day long.

Be sure to bookmark or follow Practically at Home, so you won’t miss a single Merry Christmas Carol Countdown post.

Here’s the first entry. 

Go ahead. Sing along with Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. You know you want to!

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Who’s planning a romantic or simply scenic tropical island getaway for the holidays? Bon voyage, if you are. And a happy holiday season to all!



Mele Kalikimaka to all.
Image:
Santa in Shades
Merry Christmas Carol Countdown
Art by Nickers and Ink Creative Communications


 
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Wednesday

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Ah! The long weekend is here. Whether you are celebrating time off or racking up holiday overtime pay, we hope your Thanksgiving is memorable in the merriest ways.

 
Here's a thankful song. Never heard this one till today, but I think I like it. Perhaps it will ring true for you on this Thanksgiving Eve.
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Happy Thanksgiving from Practically at Home.


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Thursday

Need a home alarm? You already have it!



Worried about a possible burglary in your residence? Are you home alone tonight and concerned about the sudden sound of a broken window or footsteps of an intruder, tromping through your house? (OK, are you creeped out yet?)

Sound the alarm!

Don’t have an in-house security system? Grab your car keys, and press the red “panic” button. Your vehicle alarm will go off. The lights will flash, and the horn will honk.

The car alarm will persist until you switch it off, or the battery runs out.

Your neighbors will wake up and take notice.

More than likely, a possible intruder or would-be burglar will flee.

One of my neighbors did this recently.

Her minivan was parked in the driveway in front of her home. A stranger tapped on her family room window, late one Saturday night, and she set off her car alarm. The creeper fled.

She called 9-1-1 anyway, and a squad car arrived four minutes later. The two officers circled her home and found boot prints in her flower garden, just under the window.



Phew!

Instead of leaving your car keys on the kitchen counter, in a coat pocket, or in a tote bag, take them along when you retire for the night. Have them close at hand, if only for the peace of mind.

What’s under your pillow?

Of course, the same safeguard works when you’re walking to your car in a dark parking lot, in public garage, or on a city street. If you carry your keys in your hand, you can press the alarm button in a pinch.



 Image:
Automotive Key Fob
By Scott Ehardt
Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons Photos

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Customs to Find



Gratitude reigns across the United States on the fourth Thursday of November, as families and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, memories, and menus?

Try this harvest holiday puzzle to test your own Thanksgiving traditions knowledge.

 Thanksgiving Traditions Word Search

How many Thanksgiving customs, foods, and other related items can you find in this word search puzzle? Why not print out this page, and pass it around at your own Thanksgiving feast?

N H S J H D P L I M O U T H E P I A 
I C T E D U T I T A R G R A V Y Z P 
K G U F O T K L L A B T O O F B E P 
P W F T T T F N S G F R L P E C W L 
M G F G C R A N B E R R Y S A U C E 
U B I N T L M T R E L I E N S T C V 
P S N I S E I V O M A O M G T E D A 
A Q G V R N L R V P T N R S I F E R 
R A N I O E Y R W A T I S E R W C T 
A Y M G B K W I T E L E V I S I O N 
D I U S H C C O R N B R E A D S R E 
E P H K G U P U L U P N Q W E H A H 
E T P N I D X S M F D K T S S B T C 
Z H C A E R Q E W S Y O M E S O I T 
Z T G H N U L U F K N A H T E N N I 
X I S T A T U R K E Y S M Z R E G K 
J A C S L G A V S E I P H O T O S H 
M F H V D H Y Z L D L O H U C T I U 

Words Used
 
1.  APPLE
2.  BEANS
3.  CASSEROLES
4.  CORNBREAD
5.  CRANBERRYSAUCE
6.  DECORATING
7.  DESSERT
8.  DISHES
9.  FAITH
10.FAMILY
11.FEAST
12.FOOTBALL
13.FRIENDS
14.GRATITUDE
15.GRAVY
16.KITCHEN
17.MASHEDPOTATOES
18.MAYFLOWER
19.MOVIES
20.NAP
21.NEIGHBORS
22.PARADE
23.PECAN
24.PHOTOS
25.PIES
26.PILGRIMS
27.PLIMOUTH
28.PUMPKIN
29.SQUASH
30.STUFFING
31.SWEETPOTATO
32.SWEETPOTATOES
33.TELEVISION
34.THANKFUL
35.THANKSGIVING
36.TOFU
37.TRAVEL
38.TURDUCKEN
39.TURKEY
40.WISHBONE
41.YAMS

How many words did you find in the Thanksgiving Traditions puzzle?


  • 36-41 – Color yourself Pilgrim, a Thanksgiving pro.
  • 30-35 – Your Thanksgiving knowledge may flower, if you study a bit.
  • 24-29 – Set down the stuffing, and fill yourself with a hearty helping of history.
  • 20-23 – Don’t squash yourself. You still have time to hunt for a few hints.
  • Less than 20 – Hey, turkey. You are what you eat, even on Thanksgiving.



Still need some help with Thanksgiving holiday traditions?

Check out these informative articles, published by a host of web writers.

  • Top Ten Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas – Eric Brennan. Start a new Thanksgiving Day family tradition! Choose one from this top ten list or create your own!
  • Thanksgiving Traditions: Ideas for New Family Customs – Tonya Hillukka Mickelson. If your family has recently undergone a change, from growing in number to growing apart, it may be the perfect time to start a new family Thanksgiving tradition.
  • My Top 10 Favorite Famous Poems for Thanksgiving – Linda Ann Nickerson. On Thanksgiving, we join loved ones for hearty helpings of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and other favorite holiday foods. Many creative writers have penned verses to mark the celebration of Thanksgiving. What are your favorite Thanksgiving poems?
  • Thanksgiving Crescent Roll Blessings – Emma Salkill. Find a fortune cookie-type blessing inside your dinner roll on Thanksgiving!
  • Wonderful Homemade Thanksgiving Decorations – Lori Lane. Homemade Thanksgiving decorations are easy and fun. Here are some great homemade decorations that you can create, or purchase online.
  • How to Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Pinata – Linda Ann Nickerson. Why not build your own Thanksgiving turkey piƱata for Thanksgiving Day? Follow these simple instructions. Fill your great gobbler with bountiful sweets and treats, and your whole crowd will be swinging along in no time.
  • The Top 10 Thanksgiving Movies to Enjoy – Maxine Nelson. A festive menu of the top ten Thanksgiving movies featuring an assortment of comedies, classics, and dramas. After the turkey dinner has been served, it's time to enjoy one or all of these movies this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday weekend.

Image:
Vintage Thanksgiving Art
Public Domain


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