Christmas Checklist (Day 4): Forever Thankful for Family Time

Happy Thanksgiving! For LTD’s Day 4 Black Friday Deals, we’re bringing attention to some products that’ll make your family time more memorable during the holiday season. Challenge the family to build a complex puzzle, read a holiday story to the kids or enjoy a classic treat with a glass of milk on Christmas Eve. Learn about what kids from around the world leave out for Santa, as well as tips for a stress-free holiday below.


Gifts for Family Time During the Holidays

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Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles. Features a collage of familiar favorites from the past. Assemble these delightful puzzles on our large felt Puzzle Mat.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Tin is filled with bite-sized versions of this popular treat. A lovely seasonal image adorns the exterior of the tin, which can be reused for storage or decor when the cookies are finished.

Enjoy a delightful, classic story during the holiday season with Inspirational Timeless Legend Stories. Each book features vibrant illustrations, and a page that explains the meaning behind familiar holiday traditions.

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Christmas Fun Fact #4

DID YOU KNOW: In America, its traditional to leave out milk and cookies for Santa. But this tradition varies from country to country. In Sweden, kids offer up coffee to keep Santa awake. In Ireland, a pint of Guinness isn’t out of the ordinary. In Chile, families leave out a sweet type of sponge cake known as Pan de Pascua.


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Christmas Planning Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
I’m not sure how this seems to happen every single year. The holidays sort of hide out there in the shadows, and when everyone least expects it–BAM! They jump out and surprise us. We wake up and realize we don’t have much time until Christmas. Why do we put everything off and make it so stressful for ourselves and our loved ones? Form a plan and make your holidays easier this time around with a few of these Christmas tips.

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Magical Christmas Towns to Visit in America

Whether your highly-anticipated summer vacation is a couple weeks away or already in the rearview mirror, you’ve probably already started planning your next getaway. If you’re looking for a break from the same old Christmas gathering, consider packing up the family and heading to one of these magical Christmas towns.

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Durango, Colorado
This small Rocky Mountain mining town knows how to do Christmas right. Its main attraction is the Durango Polar Express, which recreates the classic Christmas tale. Families can take a ride on the Silverton Railroad at night through snowy winter settings. Hot cocoa and cookies are served while the story is read, ending as the train arrives at the “North Pole” where Santa Claus awaits. During the day, the steam engine also goes on Christmas tree trips where passengers can cut down their own tree and haul it back to the train station.

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Santa Claus, Indiana
Originally called Santa Fe, this tiny southern Indiana town was forced to change its name during the middle of the nineteenth century, choosing to adopt the name Santa Claus. It didn’t take too long for a load of letters to start arriving from hopeful kids trying to send their lists to Santa. Instead of changing its name again, the town started responding to the letters, and has written back to every child for over a century. The town might not be a Christmas destination, but if your kid wants to write a letter to Santa, you’re guaranteed a response.

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Park City, Utah
Utah is home to some of the most festive Christmas towns in America. One of the most visually stunning is Park City. Nestled southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Back of the Rocky Mountains, the old mining town is known for being one of the main locations for the Sundance Film Festival. But during the Christmas season, covered in snow, surrounded by ski resorts and illuminated with white lights, it looks like a classic Christmas portrait. There’s even a life-sized gingerbread house made out of thousands of sugary cookies.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
With all the commercialization that goes on during the holidays, it can be rare to find a city-wide Christmas celebration that’s structured around the true meaning of the holiday. New Orleans may be known for Mardi Gras, but it’s also home to one of the largest Christmas carol gatherings in the United States. Thousands of people come together dressed in Santa hats and holiday garb to sing Christmas carols by candlelight. The backdrop of the brightly lit St. Louis Cathedral helps set the scene, which gets bigger and bigger ever year.

Does your city, town or village celebrate Christmas in a big way? Have you visited one of these destinations or have one of your own to share? Comment below with your favorite places to celebrate the holidays!

4 Ways To Say Hello

HelloNovember 21 is World Hello Day. It is a day to celebrate the idea of resolving conflicts should be settled with communication. Since 1973, World Hello Day has been celebrated in 180 countries to encourage people to greet at least 10 other people during the day. While a friendly, face-to-face greeting is the best kind, there are other ways to reach out and say “hello” today. Here are 4 ways to say hello on World Hello Day.

Get Back In Touch An unfortunate thing about our busy lives is that it is so easy to lose touch with the people who are important to us. Thankfully, the Internet makes reaching out to long-lost friends and family simple. Search for old pals and classmates on social media and send them a message to say “hello.” You may be able to start a few friendships all over again!

StationeryWrite A Note While it is thoughtful to send someone an email, a handwritten note is something charming and unexpected. Very few people take the time to create a handwritten letter today, and that gives the rare note even more value. Make them feel special with a personalized greeting on beautiful stationery.

Share A Smile With A Stranger
One of the goals of World Hello Day is for participants to greet at least 10 people. Why not say “hello” to a few people you do not know? They can be people you see on the jogging path every day, the person who mans the tollbooth you drive through, or even a dog. Reach out and witness the power of kindness.

182180717Go International The world has hundreds of languages, and each one has a unique way of saying “hello”. Greet friends with a hearty “guten tag” from Germany or a Polish “dzien dobry”. You also can learn how to say “hello” in sign language.

LTD Commodities has a variety of gifts and mementos to help you say “hello” to everyone in your life. With our incredible values, you can embrace the world while staying within your budget!

Pinteresting Picks for August

While the weather still is warm, there is no doubt that autumn is creeping into the air. Fall is a time of change, and our fans on Pinterest definitely have the transition from warm days outside to cool evenings indoors on their minds. They are thinking of cozy lounge wear, treasured artwork and more. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for August.

Stylish Women's Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun! They're great for everyday wear or a casual night out.

Stylish Women’s Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun! They’re great for everyday wear or a casual night out.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child's artwork the attention it deserves.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child’s artwork the attention it deserves.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Enjoy pleasant accent lighting with the timeless look of an Enduring Candle Jar.

Enjoy pleasant accent lighting with the timeless look of an Enduring Candle Jar.