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Last-Minute Thanksgiving

Yes! It really is the week of Thanksgiving. 

Whether you need help cleaning, figuring out a recipe or finding last minute accommodations, we're here for you. 

Here's a shortlist of last-minute Thanksgiving items we can help you with: 

  • Finding a cleaning service to come before (and/or after) Thanksgiving to make your home so fresh and so clean
  • Researching dietary-restriction friendly recipes of traditional Thanksgiving fare 
  • Putting together shopping lists based off of your recipes
  • Researching open restaurants and making a last-minute reservation for you and your Thanksgiving crew
  • Ordering pies and other sweet treats from your local bakery 
  • Helping you find last-minute hotel or AirBnB accommodations
  • Creating a menu for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Finding the best Black Friday deals 

We can help with all of these, plus a bunch more. Let us know what you need and we'll help make your Thanksgiving as easy as...pie. 

VOTE: Important Info for November 8th

If you haven't heard, this Tuesday, November 8th, is Election Day! 

Here's everything you need to know for the big day: 

Confirm Voter Registration: If you're uncertain about your voter registration, you can figure out your status here.  

Find Your Polling Location: Now that you know you're registered, it's time to get to the polls! Google makes it easy to find your polling place with this link.

Enter your address, and you'll see your polling location, as well as requirements for voting, and who's on the ballot.

You can also find your polling location here.

Get Educated: The Presidential race isn't the only important one in this election. Get up to speed on who's running on state and local levels, as well as important ballot and local measures.

Ballotpedia gives you a view of your sample ballot, who stands for what, and any other information you might need to know in order to make an informed decision on Election Day.

VOTE: All of this information is only useful if you get out there and vote on the 8th. Happy voting!  

 

Growing Your Business with Fancy Hands

Sourcing and generating leads is one of the most time consuming, yet crucial, tasks for any business. Finding qualified companies, pinpointing the right contact person and reaching out can take days, or even weeks. When you've got a million other things to watch over to ensure business is running smoothly, you don't have time for weeks. 

Luckily, you've got your Fancy Hands assistants who can help grow your business, while you take care of the rest. 

How? 

Your assistants can do a number of things to help: 

  • Create target lists of potential clients, and find the contact info for the appropriate contact
  • Reach out via email or phone call to each contact on that list with sales materials to potentially schedule an intro meeting
  • Coordinate an intro phone call or meeting between you and the interested potential clients
  • Update a spreadsheet or your CRM database with all acquired information

Ready to watch your business grow? Get started now.

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 22nd

It’s the last full week of summer! Learn how Fancy Hands can help you get a jump-start on a productive fall without giving up any time of what’s left for some fun in the sun! Check off your to-do list by simply sending in an email, text message, or phone call and one of our assistants will get to work for you right away. While you soak in some of the last rays of summer, we’ll be hard at work preparing you for weeks to come. 

Monday: We'll help you find back to school supplies! Know that you got the best price for all back to school necessities. 

Tuesday: We'll help you fix your computer! We can schedule an appointment with a tech professional to get your computer back up and running ASAP.

Wednesday: We'll help you find a daycare! Find the best place around for your child with the help of an assistant. 

Thursday: We'll help you sign up for an exercise class! We'll find time in your busy schedule for a zumba class here and there. 

Friday: We'll help you get to work quicker! An assistant can help find a new rout with less traffic.

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 15th

Looking for new ways to incorporate Fancy Hands into your life? Here are a few new request ideas that you may have never thought of before. We’re here for you from the smallest tasks to the largest requests; there is almost no limit to what can be done! Put one of our assistants to work right away on one of these task ideas. 

Monday: We'll help you find a place to volunteer! With all this free time you now have, spend some of it giving back. 

Tuesday: We'll help you find a place to hike! Find trails perfect for all experience levels with just a push of a button. 

Wednesday: We'll help you get tickets to a play! We can make sure you get the best seats for the best price.

Thursday: We'll help you get your air conditioning fixed! Don't sweat the heat any longer. We can schedule an appointment with a great HVAC company ASAP.

Friday: We'll help you move your high school grad into college! We'll find you a truck to rent so you can haul everything to school in just one trip.

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 8th

The theme of this week’s suggested requests is planning, planning, planning! Make plans effortlessly with the help of a Fancy Hands Assistant. You have hundreds of assistants right at your fingertips that will take the stress out of your week. You’ll amaze yourself at what you can accomplish with just a push of a button.  

Monday: We'll help you schedule a dentist appointment

Tuesday: We'll help you plan a marriage proposal

Wednesday: We'll help you plan a birthday party

Thursday: We'll help you find a caterer for your barbecue   

Friday: We'll help you plan date night

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 1st

This week Fancy Hands wants to help you make the most of your summer! Get to where you want to be faster and easier than you would ever expect. Requesting help from an assistant minimizes research time and propels the process of planning your summer activities. From planning vacations to preparing for parties, our assistants are ready to help 24/7. 

Monday: We'll help you reserve a karaoke room

Tuesday: We'll help you find vacation rental homes

Wednesday: We'll help you find the perfect wedding gift 

Thursday: We'll help you book swimming lessons 

Friday: We'll help you plan a camping trip

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of!

Recurring Requests are Back!

The recurring request feature on your Dashboard is back in action! We’ve been working hard to get the recurring request feature up-and-running again, and we’re excited to tell you it's back. 

This feature is easy to use and saves you from having to re-enter tasks you find yourself requesting on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis! 

To set up a recurring request, click on the two arrows at the bottom of a new request. The arrows will turn green and a few options to choose from will become available. Once you have chosen how frequently you’d  like your request to recur, simply click ‘submit’. 

After a recurring request has been submitted you will receive email reminders before your request is set to recur. This allows you to proactively reschedule, skip the next cycle, or cancel the request completely. You’ll be able to go back and edit your preferences on your recurring requests with ease- just look for the requests marked with the green arrows. 

Need some inspiration? Check out these examples of daily, weekly and monthly recurring requests: 

Daily Recurring Requests: 

"Enter me in the Hamilton ticket lottery every day” 

“Call me at 7am for a wake up call every morning”

“Search for new houses listed on the market today”

Weekly Recurring Requests: 

“Make a dinner reservation for two” 

“Order my grocery list on PeaPod”

“Find this week’s top 10 downloaded songs”

Monthly recurring requests: 

“Schedule a monthly meeting for my team at the office”

“Follow up with this list of new clients from this month”

“Schedule my haircut”

Try out this time saving feature now- the time saved with this updated feature is limitless! Get started here: https://www.fancyhands.com/dashboard and find out for yourself just how simple it is to create a recurring request. 

Suggested Requests for the Week of July 25th

Believe it or not, July is already coming to an end! Make the most of your dwindling summer time by delegating tasks you may have never thought of requesting before. Our assistants are great at anything from creating social media content to finding a new best friend! Check into your Dashboard every day for a new suggested request and find out how we can save you time and money with just a few clicks of your mouse! 

Monday: We'll help you find coupons for the grocery store

Tuesday: We'll help you find a great landscaper  

Wednesday: We'll help you find a new puppy

Thursday: We'll help you create social media content  

Friday: We'll help you find a birthday present

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Faster Response Times: What We’re Working on Behind the Scenes

This past spring, we committed to reducing our average response time for standard requests. We set a goal of ensuring that 100% of the thousands of requests we receive a day receive a response within three hours.

We don’t want to brag (yes, we do), but we nailed it. 

Here are the cold hard facts: 

  • In March, our first response time came in, on average, at just around three and a half hours.
  • After that, we realized we may have set the bar a little too low and decided to set our sights even higher to reach a goal of under 2 hours.
  • Since March, our response time has reduced by 66% with a first response time coming in, on average, at just over an hour (70 minutes, to be exact). 
  • And, we didn’t forget about quality in our need for speed: As a direct result of reduced request times and new quality control measures, the average number of daily Support tickets received has decreased by 28%.

Yes, it’s great that we’ve reached our initial goals- but we aren't going to stop there. We’re working hard to reduce our response times to less than one hour. We’ll continue to reach for reduced response rates as well as improving the consistency and quality of our work.

We also want to hear your feedback, and will actively be conducting voice of customer research over the summer, so we hope you'll be willing to participate.

We’re looking forward to providing you with the next round of good news!  

Vacation Planning!

Summer is finally here and that means travel season! Whether you are looking to take a quick weekend trip or a long relaxing vaca we can help. The hardest part of taking a vacation is always planning one so let us take care of the details! Here are a few ways we can help:

  1. Not sure where exactly you would like to go? We can research the top travel locations in your area, in America, or around the world! What ever type of travel you are looking for we can help you make the best of your time off by helping to pick a sick location. After we can also help you pick the perfect hotel for your stay. 

  1. Okay, so now you know where you want to go… but how will you get there? We can help with that too! Our assistants are able to help you find car rentals, flight itinerary, or train schedules to get you out of work and in that beach chair as quickly as possible!

  1. Eating out can be a hassle especially in a place you have never been before. Allow us to help by finding highly recommended restaurants in your destination and make your reservations. Don’t waste your valuable vacation time on an hour wait list or even worse… at the joint that serves the fish tacos with a side of food poisoning! 

  1. Allow us to help you make the most of your vacation by researching any and all tourist attractions, events, or “off the beaten path” activities to personalize your days off. We can find the cheapest boat rentals around, find tickets to your favorite band you just found out will be in town, or compile a list of the top museums in your destination. 

  1. So you had a blast on vacation but now you’re back and reality has caught up to you! Allow us to help you call back those people who left angry voicemails, find someone to pick all those weeds that have seemed to grow exponentially since you left, and reschedule those doctor appointments you had put on hold. 

There is nothing easy about planning your vacation but allow Fancy Hands to make your life easier before, during, and after your time off!

Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung and while we’re almost at the unofficial start of summer, there’s still plenty of time to do some spring cleaning! 

If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve got a few tips for making the most of your spring cleaning.

DONATIONS: 

Clean out your closet...and your drawers... and your other closets... and get those donations to someone who could really use them. You can find information about donations nationwide here. If you're looking for a specific charity to donate to, we can help you find different charities specific to your location. 

SHOPPING:

Now that you have room for a new wardrobe, you can gear up for the Memorial Day sales that are going to be happening next weekend. Some sales are already in full swing, so you can start perusing new clothes, furniture and electronics at a steep discount. Check out some tips on how to get the best deals this Memorial Day Weekend. And, if you want to find in-store sales, we can help you make a list of Memorial Day sales near you! 

PLANTS: 

Whether you're looking to work on your green thumb, or to keep your garden in order, now is the perfect time to get started. For the novice or the expert, here are some unique and easy "tips and tricks" for your garden. Need help with finding gear, plants or other gardening tips? Let us know.  

CLEANING: 

The cleaning part of "spring cleaning" can be daunting and time consuming. If you're brave enough to take this on yourself but need some inspiration, try out this Spring Cleaning Checklist from HGTV. For some added inspriation, this spring cleaning playlist is pretty great.  

If you're not into the whole cleaning thing, we can find someone to do the spring cleaning for you while you sit back and relax (or rock out to that playlist). 

What We Learned This Month: March

Welcome to our monthly post about interesting facts your assistants have learned from working on requests over the past month. 

What kind of sunglasses does Leo wear? There are HOW many blogs on Essential Oils? How do you make a Leprechaun trap?

This isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Find the answers to these questions (and more) below! 

You can find out what frames/sunglasses your favorite celebrity was wearing on tv or in the movies at SunglassesID: http://www.sunglassesid.com/“- Jessica O.  

I learned that there are some very interesting developments being made in the automotive field involving autonomous vehicles for public transit, as well as for future public availability/purchase. Apparently 2017 will be an exciting year for technological advancements.”- Samantha H. 

“I learned what a leprechaun trap is and how to make one. AND there's a popular new treatment called Kybella that they're injecting into under-chin fat and it dissolves the fat cells! Crazy!”- Tammi D. 

“I learned that, through Fancy Hands, I can escape my wheelchair and my small apartment and travel, in a virtual manner, around the world and beyond. In March, I was in Cambodia helping a social worker who runs an amazing program for youth. I was in Maine locating the perfect home to host an upscale bachelor party weekend for 18 people. I was in Chicago planning a birthday celebration that had a small guest list and a huge budget. And I traveled to a galaxy where the Force has reawakened as I provided assistance to a client who has played a part in the Star Wars franchise for a long time. All this without ever going out my front door! Thanks Fancy Hands.”- Susa C. 

“ I have learned how to create not one, but two Slide Masters on Power Point Presentation and how to Apply a built-in theme to save time and frustrations over creating the same background for numerous pages.” - Heidi W. 

“I learned that there are over 200 blogs that blog about Essential Oils!”- Zella Y. 

“There are services available that will help you plan your entire stag party. They don't just offer the typical adult type venues either. Have fun with a paint ball war among your friends or go dirt bike riding and even wake boarding are some adventures that they can make happen. Pretty cool right?! I had no idea this was even a thing.”- Kelley P. 

“I learned about travel options in China and Yiwu Market - a wholesale market that has almost anything imaginable. Everything we buy really is made in China and available for pennies in wholesale quantities. We pay outrageous markups.”- Susan B. 

Join us at the end of the month to find out what interesting facts were learned in April! 

What We Learned This Month: February

Welcome to our monthly post about interesting facts your assistants have learned from working on requests over the past month. 

Dinosaurs in Oklahoma? Shipping micro pigs from China? You’re going to want to read this. 

I've learned that the most popular Twitter accounts for January were:

@KatyPerry

@JustinBieber

@taylorswift13

@barackobama

@YouTube” - Aaron S.

“I've learned, there's new technology coming for commercial window tinting, no need for films anymore, just get a smart glass and change your window from clear to shaded with the touch of a button.

I also learned you cannot ship micro pigs from China to the US as pets because they are genetically modified.”- Edgardo G.

“I've learned that the price of roses increases in a ridiculously dramatic fashion in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. Order early fellas!”- Jessica O. 

“I learned venues in San Francisco don't care if you have a 20ft inflatable with your event.

I learned there's a huge statue of a dinosaur in Woodward, Oklahoma.”- Jessica D. 

“I've learned that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to find a salon in Serbia that will do a Brazilian wax on a man. In conjunction with that, I have learned that a product called sugar scrub will wax your nether regions without as much pain as wax”- Susan C. 

“I learned that shipping containers are being recycled globally and architects are turning them into amazing micro-houses. In Amsterdam, Keetwonen is the largest container project in the world and they are used for student housing. Google the images, it's so cool :)”- RK S. 

Join us at the end of the month to find out what interesting facts were learned in March! 

TGIF: Weekend Plans

Looking for something do to this weekend? Here's 5 things we can help with to brighten up your winter weekend.  

1. LOCAL EVENTS: Looking to check out some new music? Interested in free events for the kids? We'll help you find local events happening in your 'hood, and let you know how to get there. 

2. FOOD: Let us make your brunch or dinner reservation at a new spot or an old favorite. 

3. DAY TRIPS: We'll help you plan a quick day or overnight trip, whether you have a car, want to rent one or prefer public transport. 

4. AROUND THE HOUSE: You're finally going to hang those shelves- yay! We can find out where you can get the tools and supplies you need for your at-home projects. Prefer to have someone else do it? We can help you with that, too.   

5. MOVIES: Whether you're trying to catch up on all of the Oscar films before Sunday, or still need to see 'Deadpool,' we can find you movie times and get you tickets.  

Happy Weekend! 

Valentine's Day "Do's"

Valentine's Day is already three weeks away.

That's right.

THREE! 

If you're running behind on planning, or want to get a head start on gift deliveries- we're here for you! Here are some ways that we can make you look good (like, really good) this Valentine's Day: 

FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES,  OVERSIZED STUFFED BEARS: That's right. We can order flowers, chocolates, stuffed bears and much more for you this Valentine's Day. Surprise your loved one with something special. If you order through us, we have an exclusive discount with 1800Flowers.com where we get 20% off everything on the site. Tell us what you're looking for, and we're get it ordered for you for delivery by Valentine's Day. 

BRILLIANT IDEAS: Planning is hard. Luckily you've started early and you've got your assistants to help you decide what to do, and how to do it! We can help with everything from finding a great deal on a real BnB in the mountains to finding the perfect gift. 

RESERVATIONS: Once we've helped you figure out what to do, let us help you plan your itinierary for the day/night (or weekend, or week...). We can make dinner reservations, spa reservations, mani/pedi reservations. You get the picture. Let us make your reservations and make sure you've got the perfect plan in place. 

HOMEMADE GIFTS: Looking for homemade gift ideas? We can help with that, too. We'll even help you get the supplies you need for a gift that'll put Martha to shame. 

Now that you know you've got the tools, start building the perfect Valentine's Day for the person you love. Especially if the person you're planning for is you.

 

Fancy Hands Year In Review: What You Delegated in 2015

"You spent how many hours on the phone with Comcast?!"- You, after checking out our Fancy Hands Year in Review: 2015.

Find out how many hours we spent on the phone with your least favorite cable company, plus tons of other stats and fun facts about what you delegated to us in 2015! 

Gift Giving

'Tis the season...to be gifting!

This holiday season, give a unique, easy and worthwhile gift to clients and colleagues: a subscription to Fancy Hands! You can purchase the gift now and it’ll be delivered in the form of a fancy gift email on a date of your choosing. It can even be delivered immediately if you’re racing the clock.

Perks of a Fancy Hands gift subscription:

·      Access to a full team of virtual assistants to help with personal & business needs

·      Appointment scheduling & free conference calling

·      Sales and marketing research and prospecting

·      Items purchased on your behalf and delivered to your door

As a bonus, our gift subscriptions are discounted every day through 12/20. The discount drops every day, so act now and save more.

Save time for yourself and for someone else. Give the gift of productivity this holiday season, and everyone wins!

CYBER MONDAY

Cyber Monday is upon us! Check out some highlights below for the best deals on clothes, gadgets and more!

*If you're looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything, check out our own Cyber Monday deal which will give you 20% off of all Fancy Hands gift subscriptions today only!* 

 

AMAZON:

Amazon is pretty well known for providing daily deals for an entire month, so you’ll be able to check back for the daily deal each day. If you’re only interested in the deals on Monday, here are the things you need to know:

 

Amazon Echo on sale for $149

Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle: $30 off

Kindle Fire: $34.99

Fire Kids Edition: $84.99

Amazon Fire TV: $25 off

Amazon Cloud Drive: 1 year of Unlimited Photo storage $1/1 year of Unlimited Everything storage $5

4k UltraHD $349.99 (reg. $899.99)

Sparin Ultra Slim Mini Bluetooth Keyboard $10.90 (reg. $29.99)

Singer 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine $124.99 (reg. 299.99)

 

It’s recommended to bookmark this page so you can easily go back daily to see what deals you can get.  

 

BEST BUY:

Apple Products up to $50 off an iPad Air & $100 off certain MacBooks

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in 64GB for $450 (reg. $600)

Samsung 4K Flat 65-inch $1,700 (reg. $2,300)

Samsung 4K Curved $3,000 (reg. $3,500)

XBox One Controller save $10 with purchase of select Xbox One console

GoPro Hero4Silver for $400 includes 64GB memory card & $80 gift card

Dishwashers 25%-40% off select dishwashers

Free installation with purchase of KitchenAid Dishwasher

Up to 35% off LG and Samsung microwaves

Up to 50% off select cookware

MICROSOFT:

Xbox consoles starting at $299. Save $50 on select consoles + $60 Microsoft Store gift code and a select game of choice

Up to $30 off of select Xbox One controllers

Several games on sale including GTA V ($42, reg. $60)

$40-$50 off of select drones

 

STAPLES:

Apple iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 4 are both 25% off (any capacity)

16GB iPad Air is $319 (reg. $399)

16GB iPad mini 2 $254 (reg. $299)

Amazon Echo $149 (reg. $179.99)

Office Home and Student 2016 $99.99 (reg. $149.99)

Amazon Fire TV $74.99 ($99.99)

Xtreme 2600mAh Portable Battery $4.99 (88% discount)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 128 GB 12” Display $799.99 (reg. $999)

 

LOWE’S

iRobot Braava 380T Wet-Dry Robotic Mopper $254.15 (reg. $299)

Stanley Fatmax 25ft Locking SAE Tape Measure $22.48 (reg. $24.98)

Stanley 16oz Flat Straight Handle Hammer $6.98 (reg. $9.98)

Dewalt 5 Tool 20v. Max Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit $429 (reg. $579)

Studiosync Shelf with Bluetooth Speakers $29.98 (reg. $49.98)

 

TARGET

15% discount website wide with the code CYBER15

 *Target will have several items on sale all week, but they will be revealed daily

KOHL’S

Take an extra 20% off with promo code DEALSEEKER + additional savings all week here.


JCPENNEY

Over 50,000 online deals available Monday only + a chance to win 1 of 10 $10k cash grand prizes

 

OVERSTOCK

 Up to 50% off + Extra 10% off select furniture

Extra 10% off home décor

Up to 60% off + Extra 10% off select bedding & bath

Up to 70% off + Extra 15% off select jewelry & watches

Extra 10% off kitchen & dining

Up to 40% off health & beauty

 

VICTORIA’S SECRET

Select bras 2 for $49.50

Yoga pants 2 for $65

Up to 40% off over 200 styles of clothing

Pajamas 2 for $75

Free shipping on $50 + $20 off $125

Free secret reward card with any purchase worth $10-$500 off your purchase 12/1-15


GAMESTOP

Xbox bundles starting at $299

Buy 2, Get 1 Free on any vintage game title

Xbox One Elite Controller + Halo 5: Guardians, $209.99

PS Vita Aqua Blue $169.99

GUITAR CENTER

15% off sitewide + massive markdowns & flash deals all day! 

DSW
30% off 3 pairs of shoes + free shipping (w/no minimum) 

GAP/OLD NAVY/BANANA REPUBLIC

40% off all items, no exclusions. 

HAPPY SHOPPING! 

Tradition!

Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions. Whether it’s watching the game, not eating Turkey or maybe hiding out from everyone, each person has something that makes Thanksgiving their own. 

This year we've asked our assistants to share their own special traditions with us. Keep reading to get a glimpse at what makes their Thanksgiving, well, Thanksgiving! 

My family loves the holidays. We all get together on Thanksgiving for lunch at noon on the dot. We eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams (my personal favorite), cranberry sauce, corn, and of course, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Afterwards, oddly enough, we decorate our Christmas trees! Haha. My parents have theirs up already so I don't even know what they're going to do this year. Probably critique mine.” – Megan P.

I always do a shrimp and crab boil with new potatoes, corn on the cob, green onions, garlic, fresh sourdough bread and fresh fruit salad! YUMM!! I'm a beach baby!- Beth S.

I kind of stretch my Thanksgiving out over several days. On Thursday, my hubby and I head out to east Texas to his grandmother's house. She starts "dinner" around noon, but everyone comes and goes and eats (and eats!) all day. This usually includes her three sons and their wives, eight grandkids, and their wives/kids. It's such a blast to get to see everyone and it's totally informal.

Then, Friday is my cooking day. That's because on Saturday we have folks over to our house. This includes my Mom/Stepdad, my sister and her hubby, my mother-in-law, and a variety of other folks (neighbors, friends, family) who happen to be in town at the time. Our house is a little more formal, as we all sit down at the table to eat together. I love to cook, so I do as much of the food as possible from scratch, and each year I try out all kinds of new recipes. There are few things I like better than filling the house with the smell of baking pies and boiling cranberries!”- Holly M.

“Since our son was born five years ago, we've started the tradition of travelling for Thanksgiving. Rather than trying to appease the grandparents on both sides, we spend our time visiting a new place or revisiting a favorite and enjoy the day as a small family.”- Tiffany J.

“Since I've been with my husband (about 5 yrs now)- it has been my relatives (about 50 of us!) for lunch. Turkey is almost a 'side-dish' there, as we have all the fixings plus our Chinese/Singaporean background favorites (and lately the highlight is a roasted pig). Then after hanging out and catching up with my cousins, their kids, aunts, and uncles- we head back down to my husbands family. Then- we have Thanksgiving #2 plus Filipino favorites (pancit, flan) at my in-laws house. My multi-cultural Thanksgiving, but I love it! I think a sit-down traditional meal would be boring for me now! :) And- as a result- I have never made a turkey- as my family always gets together on Thanksgiving (more than any other holiday).- Evelyn E.

In my family our tradition is to watch 'The Wiz' ( MJ & Diana Ross Version) & 'The Last Dragon.'Each family member has to be a character from the movie for the whole time we are together. And you MUST quote lines from the movie, even if we are in public. When I tell you it's the funniest thing on earth... Imagine someone walking up to you in the store asking you "Who's the master?" and 3 people run up and say "Sho Nuff!" (thats from 'The Last Dragon') Or, my momma used to call me Fleet. "Fleet?" "That's right. Fleetwood Coup De Ville. Momma had High Ideas."('The Wiz') It might be corny to some but it gets extra cool when we bump in to people that know the movies. They actually play along. Welp that's our silly tradition. I look forward to doing this every year, so if you are in NYC and you hear some crazy people in a store singing a song or quoting a movie come say "hi." It's probably me and my crazy kin folks.”- A. Nicole S.

"I always have an "Orphan's Thanksgiving" -- even if I'm with my family that year. Anyone is welcomed to join. We don't always do everything traditional on the dinner table, but all is free to join. Then, we do the typical "what are you thankful for" conversation after our blessings.- Mandie S.

The celebration starts the night before for us. This will be the 12th year that my best girlfriends and I gather on Thanksgiving Eve to bake pies and have our own celebration. We start about 3 pm and it's great, because we chat about what everyone will be doing for the holiday with their own families while we bake and sip champagne. Usually we get about 12 pies baked (pumpkin, pecan and apple) and just as many no-bake pies ready (two of our favorites are chocolate silk and lemon cream...yum). The holiday itself is full of family and an assortment of people who we won't let spend the day alone. It's a great time for everyone and a time of year that we reflect on how blessed we truly are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! XO”- RK S.

“Thanksgiving has always been a day long event for my Italian family, with two full meals and dessert. We go to my parent's house - my parents, my two sisters and myself. Now it also includes all of our spouses. And my two kids - neither of my sisters has kids yet. Throughout the years it has also incuded various close family friends and relatives who stop by either during the second dinner and join us or after dinner for dessert. 

For our family dinner we have the traditional things - turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, cranberry sauce, etc. That is the first and main family meal, usually eaten around 2:00 PM. (My parents always try for 12:00 PM - after a few decades it still hasn't happened). As my family is Italian, we also have a second type meal consisting of homemade stuffed shells, salad, meatballs, sausage, stuffed peppers and mushrooms. This is usually eaten a few hours later, around 5:00 PM or so. And a few hours later, we have dessert.

This year is going to be extra special. I have been living in Florida the past 3 years and have not spent Thanksgiving with my family. So this is the first time I will be home for Thanksgiving, since we moved back home in May. (Huge difference between Turkey Day in Florida where you can swim after dinner and Turkey Day in New England where you can ice skate, haha) This will be the first year my 2.5 year old and my husband will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. We will have it at my sister's new house this year. So I really do have a lot to be thankful for.- Jen M.

"We go out to eat for a huge Turkey Day dinner then we head to the casino!"- Kimberly C.  

 "We're a blended family and trying to start all new traditions. We moved to Florida full time last year and are having my husband's sister and her husband for dinner and my husband's son and his wife. This will be the first Thanksgiving my husband has spent with his son in over 20 years. They live about an hour away and I assumed he would go to his mother's (who also lived an hour from him). I took a chance and invited them and they said "yes" right away. I'm very excited and nervous all at the same time!"- Pam G. 

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