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A year of near misses. As I am writing this, we are excited to say that on November 30, 2018,
hurricane season will officially be over with.While at the time of writing we have not evacuated for a storm this year, it marks the first time in three years we have not left or evacuated. While we had a near miss with Hurricane Florence, I am very happy to say our mandatory evacuation order was lifted and we stayed. My heart goes out to the people of North Carolina and South Carolina who were impacted in a very serious way. Also, at month end is the eating holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. It is the time of year to look forward to seeing family. The weather is hopefully cooling, as this has been one hot
How a Thanksgiving meal is eaten is just as important as what’s on the table. On Thanksgiving Day, we gather to express gratitude, reflect on the things we are thankful for, and share a communal meal with loved ones. And, almost always, we do it at a “kids table” and a “grown-ups table.” Separating diners by age is tradition for a reason, and it also highlights the difference in the Thanksgiving experience for children and adults. According to data analytics site FiveThirtyEight, Thanksgiving is America’s second-favorite holiday, with only Christmas ranking as more popular. If you were to conduct the same study with children, you’d probably expect the results to be different. Think back to your childhood. Did you prefer Thanksgiving to Halloween? Independence Day? Easter? New Year’s? Probably not. And there’s good reason for that. Thanksgiving’s focus on family, food, and gratitude lacks the kid-friendly appeal of gifts, candy, or fireworks. That doesn’t mean, however, that kids should pass the holiday wallowing in boredom. Done right, Thanksgiving can be a wonderful experience for children, but you have to make a concerted effort to engage them. Here are a few ways to do just that. Control in the Kitchen “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking,” says gastronomy luminary and fashion icon Guy Fieri. “It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” So why not let the little ones in on the culinary journey to Flavortown this year? Nothing will get your kids more excited about a Thanksgiving meal than having a chance to play a role in it. A THANKSGIVING FOR ALL AGES How to Create a Kid-Friendly Holiday Experience
year as far as temperatures are concerned. Enjoy the cooler weather.
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