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Celebrating Thanks-a-weenie

Posted on: November 18, 2014

2-A3867To maximize fun and minimize travel for a family that lives in California, Iowa and Arizona, we celebrated a five-in-one holiday this fall – Thanks-a-weenie.

My spouse Rita’s favorite holiday is Halloween, so we added in Thanksgiving, our wedding anniversary, son Pete’s birthday and son-in-law DJ’s birthday – all at the end of October. Each special event received its own meal or day, except Halloween, which got pumpkin carving on Halloween eve, then Trick-or-Treat night.

We couldn’t possibly afford to get everybody together for each worthy event, not even for two of them, so this marathon approach worked well. And as devoted environmentalists, we couldn’t possibly justify all that travel.

This gives us a chance to be together and experience the Life Standard “Nurture People” from Living More with Less. Throughout the year we Skype or Hang-Out once a week with the other two families.

We spend two months in the fall and two months in the spring with our Iowa Family and several times a year with our Arizona family. Thanks-a-weenie is the rare occasion when all three families, plus some additional relatives, can spend a crazy week together.

What new celebration might work for you to maximize community and minimize travel?

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1 Response to "Celebrating Thanks-a-weenie"

Yes, we did Thanks-a-weeny this year. If it happens again we will combine some of the celebrations on one day, so we have more time to just “hang out and be family.” It was fun, but could be a week with only 3 days of celebrating. Rita

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