Service Plus AC Heating - December 2018

UGLY SWEATER PARTIES A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow! It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. Your Very Own Ugly Sweater Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up! However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party? It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure

there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest.

This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE MICHAEL

Ways to Donate and Volunteer

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The devastation of Hurricane Michael has torn apart more than just our homes. Many families are in the same state as the debris-riddled neighborhoods of the panhandle. Our houses, restaurants, and community centers once provided an avenue to grow closer with one another, but now we’re left to cling onto the one common emotion we all have: hope. We can rebuild structures, and that’s precisely what we’ll do; however, we can’t allow our hope to be broken. Houses are easier to restore than our faith in each other. As cliché as it may seem, these disasters often bring optimism. Americans consistently demonstrate resilience when we’re backed into a corner. Adversity brings out the best in us and unifies us. Our response to Hurricane Michael is what will define us. We will come together for the rebirth of our community, stronger and more dedicated than ever. Here are a few ways you can help:

The Florida Disaster Fund is still accepting donations for relief. While the Red Cross and other organizations are wonderful to donate to, this local agency is the best way to fund those affected by the disaster of Hurricane Michael directly. Volunteer Pet shelters, churches, and local businesses still need help putting the pieces back together. While resources help, one of the simplest ways we can give back is by offering a helping hand. For areas still in need of support, go to VolunteerFlorida.org. With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to help out our neighbors to the east. Let’s show our country that Floridians don’t back down and always rally around each other.

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