Stand Out From the Crowd with “The Cricket”: Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential Product

Stand Out From the Crowd with The Cricket Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential ProductIf you regularly organize events, you probably get bored with looking at the same kinds of tickets all the time. Even if you try to order custom tickets or use a new design, it doesn’t always make it into the kind of keepsake that gets guests thinking about their memories of your event and how much they enjoyed themselves. If you’re looking for a truly unique ticketing product that will take your event to the next level in professionalism and great design, Worldwide Ticketcraft has just the thing available! It’s called The Cricket, which is essentially an oversized ticket printed on a clear plastic. With a single glance, these new clear tickets grab attention like no other admissions product.

Most tickets are fairly impersonal, and produced at the lowest cost available, with simple text for the event details, and a plain background. Paper or cardstock tickets and credential badges are also not the most durable, often requiring laminating or plastic sleeves if they will be used over multiple days. The Cricket is different; these durable plastic creations have a multitude of features which make them stand apart from a traditional ticket, including:

  • Full color printing on clear plastic. These tickets are vibrant like no other admissions product, with high quality, colorful inks that really “pop”!
  • Personalized for each patron. Each ticket or credentials badge is individually printed, so the customization options are endless.
  • White ink for opacity and variable information. For contrast against the clear background, and effective visual communication, white ink can be used in addition to black and colors.  
  • 20 and 30 mil thickness options. Choose your durability depending on your needs.
  • Any shape or size. However you want to design your ticket or other admissions and events product, you have complete flexibility with The Cricket. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Slot punch for attaching lanyards. Make badges simple to design with this optional feature.

Worldwide Ticketcraft has developed and tested the clear ticket to meet the highest quality standards. Your guests will be impressed by these gorgeous tickets and events products—designed for multiple uses, The Cricket can meet the needs of any venue for admission, ID verification, or special access. Each printed item can be personalized for individual patrons to include a barcode, consecutive number, name, date, or whatever other information you require. Thanks to this unlimited customizability, The Cricket goes beyond just ticketing. Here are a few other options for this revolutionary admissions product:

  • Backstage Pass
  • Membership Pass
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Sideline Pass
  • Suite Holder Badge
  • Parking Hang Tag
  • Opening Day or Night Admission
  • Oversize specialty ticket
  • Whatever else you can dream up!

Not only does this give you the freedom to design just about anything for your upcoming event, it also makes for a great souvenir for guests to hold onto. Unlike a paper ticket stub, your attendees will want to keep their beautiful clear ticket or badge. When they look at it, they’ll appreciate the effort put into designing a beautiful and functional ticket. The memories of your event will remain strong in their minds, and that’s one of the best ways to attract repeat patrons to your events in future! When you’re ready to make the leap to the next big advance in admissions products, learn more about The Cricket and request a quote here.

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Ways to prepare for the Jewish High Holidays

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The High Holidays are coming! Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration and Yom Kippur is, of course, the Day of Atonement. These are the High Holy Days, or the Days of Awe, that mark the dawning of fall each year. It’s a time to visit the synagogue and focus on repentance. Attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and preparing to celebrate these holidays with your family is a great chance to experience connection to the community and to taste the spirituality of the season. Because so many Jews attend High Holiday services, most large synagogues require worshippers to purchase tickets for them. Some congregations have decided not to charge for tickets, because they want to be more accessible, but they still require reservations of some kind, and a few congregations treat the High Holidays like every other Jewish service and invite people to drop in. When preparing for your High Holiday services and events, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to make sure that your Holy Days run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah means literally “the head of the year.” As we approach the first of the Hebrew month of Tishri, we begin a month full of holidays. You may be thinking of preparations like baking challahs, slicing apples, or selecting your preferred jar of honey. The Rosh Hashanah New Year celebration is also a time for organizing and making sure that events go smoothly. Worldwide Ticketcraft has High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Event Tickets to ensure that your observance is organized and runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re in need of tickets for admission, either seated or general admission, or wristbands of children for babysitting services, we have the products you need to have a smooth and happy new year. You may also need parking passes or tickets. Worldwide Ticketcraft can take care of all your High Holiday needs so that you can focus on other aspects of the celebration.

Yom Kippur
The ten-day countdown from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur means a preparation for the Day of Atonement. As we prepare for a day of collective confession, fasting and prayer, it’s a good time to remember that Yom Kippur is a serious holiday but not a sad one. Fasting on Yom Kippur can function to help with the process of repentance, or provide a counter-irritant that distracts from how badly we feel about the sins we’re trying to overcome, setting a clean slate and a positive tone for the new year. With so much else to focus on for Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to worry about is the tickets for the High Holiday services at your synagogue.

However, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to ensure that your Holy Days are well taken care of and distraction free.

Rosh Hashanah
Happy new year!
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fast of Gedaliah – Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Yom Kippur
Begins sunset of Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Sukkot
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ends nightfall of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Reminder: No work permitted on September 28 – 29. Work is permitted on September 30 – October 2 and October 4 with certain restrictions.
Hoshanah Rabbah – October 4, 2015

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Begins sunset of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted

Chanukah
Begins sunset of Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ends nightfall of Monday, December 14, 2015
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat

Fast of Tevet 10
Begins sunrise of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Work permitted
What happened on 10 Tevet? . . . Why do we need the Holy Temple? . . . The positive aspects of a “siege mentality” . . . The Rebbe on the Holocaust . . .

Tu B’Shevat
Monday, January 25, 2016
Work permitted
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.

Purim
Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 24, 2016
Reminder: Work should be avoided. Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Ta’anit Esther – March 23, 2016
Shushan Purim – March 25, 2016
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

Passover
Begins sunset of Friday, April 22, 2016
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 30, 2016
Reminder: No work permitted on April 23 – 24 and April 29 – 30. Work is permitted only on April 25 – 28 with certain restrictions.

Second Passover
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Work permitted

Lag B’Omer
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Work permitted
Sefirat HaOmer – April 23 – June 11, 2016
The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?

Shavuot
Begins sunset of Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ends nightfall of Monday, June 13, 2016
Reminder: No work is permitted
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

The Three Weeks
Saturday, July 23, 2016 through Sunday, August 14, 2016
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat
Fast of the 17th of Tammuz – July 24, 2016
Fast of Tish’a B’Av – August 13 – 14, 2016
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).

*All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars.

If your synagogue is holding events and needs tickets, posters, or other event printing, Worldwide Ticketcraft is proud to offer a variety of options that will suit your holiday events.

7 Meaningful Ways to Ring in the New Year

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2014 is on its way out—can you believe it? Like many people, as 2015 approaches you’re probably feeling ready to kiss 2014 goodbye. From resolution-setting to countdowns to midnight kisses, there are so many amazing and symbolic ways to ring in the new year. In addition to all the fun old standards, we’ve put together a list of 7 meaningful ways to welcome in the New Year.

  1. Make One Big Goal
    Instead of a writing out a laundry list of resolutions that is liable to be forgotten or abandoned by February, choose one major milestone, goal, or resolution that holds the most meaning for you—whether it’s getting your business off the ground, letting go of a big event from the past, or getting healthy—and commit to it. If you have more hopes and dreams for the new year you want to express, write them down, but don’t put the same weight of a resolution behind them. Focusing on a single goal allows you to take a big step you’ve always wanted to take in 2015 instead of a few tiny ones.
  1. Eat Collard Greens & Cornbread
    Some southerners traditionally cook up collard greens and cornbread to eat on New Year’s to invite financial abundance. Collard greens (or any greens) represent money, being green, and each bite is said to be worth $1000 in your pocket in the coming year. Corn bread is a soul food that represents pocket or spending money when eaten on New Year’s because its gold color represents gold or coin money.
  1. Photo Review
    Even if you only choose one photo from each month in 2014, taking a look at the past year in images is a great way to mentally “complete” the narrative of the last 12 months and find closure with 2014 so that you can start fresh in 2015. If you’re ambitious and so inclined, sketch out or find 12 images for each month of 2015 that represent changes or milestones you’d like to see happen.
  1. Running with Luggage
    Costa Ricans customarily ring in the new year by running across the street with luggage in their arms to invite new travels and adventures into their lives for the coming year. If you’re hoping to broaden your horizons in 2015, this is a great one to try!
  1. Meditate
    Still whirling from the 2014 holidays and unsure what you want 2015 to look like? Spend a few minutes around the stroke of midnight on Jan 1—or later in the morning as the sun rises—in silent contemplation. Even if you don’t get a clear image of what your goals should be in the coming year, you’ll give your subconscious mind time to review the past 12 months and plant some seedlings of ideas for how the next 12 might unfold bigger and better.
  1. Eat 12 Grapes for Each Month
    Spaniards ring in the new year by eating one grape for each of the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight while making a wish. The tradition dates back to 1865 and is said to bring good luck and fulfilled wishes.
  1. Clean
    While spring is typically the time of year that most people do a deep clean of their home (“spring cleaning”) because spring is symbolic of new life, the New Year’s represents the perfect time to do a major overhaul and cleanup. Deep cleaning your house and going through old clothes, belongings, the pantry, etc. is a great symbolic way to throw out the old and bring in the new. Besides, who doesn’t feel refreshed after a day or two of scrubbing and organizing? If you’re feeling really inspired, rearrange some furniture or refresh old curtains and furnishings, too.

Do you have a meaningful New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate? How do you wave good-bye to the old year and ring in the new one?

8 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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The holiday season is in full swing! If you haven’t adopted a cheerful temperament yet and are still mumbling “bah humbug” under your breath every time Feliz Navidad comes on the radio, never fear! These 8 ways to get into the holiday spirit will have you grinning and wishing passersby well in no time. Most of the activities on our list are great for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Enjoy!

  1. Decorate
    Nothing quite gets the whole family into the spirit of the season like decorating for the holidays! If your family celebrates Christmas, picking out a tree together is a great activity. Make the trimming a whole-family event complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa, and cookies.
  1. Bake Cookies
    Who doesn’t like cookies around the holidays? Baking and decorating cookies is an activity that kids and adults alike can enjoy, and the best part is that cookies aren’t exclusive to any particular holiday—you can bake them all season long! Gingerbread houses are tons of fun, too.
  1. Attend a Religious Service
    Whatever your family’s background, attending a service together celebrating your winter holiday is the perfect way to connect right to the true spirit of the season.
  1. Family Story Time
    Whether you’re attending a winter folklore story afternoon at the local library or reading books together by the fire, now is the perfect time to pull out the Hannukah stories, Christmas and Kwaanza books, and winter folk tale stories.
  1. Neighborhood Lights Tour
    Nothing cheers the spirit like a sparkling holiday light display. If you live somewhere snowy, this activity will be extra magical! Many local newspapers list the best neighborhoods to view lights so you can get the full Clark Griswold experience.
  1. Get in the Giving Spirit
    Nearly every religious tradition’s winter holiday involved generosity of spirit and/or a tradition of exchanging gifts. As Scrooge learned in A Christmas Carol, generosity connects us to our hearts and brings joy year round if we choose to live in a giving way. Whether you choose to give time or money to charity, buy or make gifts for friends and family, or simply embody a manner of kindness, giving feels great.
  1. Host Friends
    Despite the hustle and bustle the season brings, none of the dozens of items on our to-do lists would matter without good friends and family in our life. Take time to host friends and family through a cookie exchange, latke cooking, game night, white elephant gift party, potluck dinner, or traditional holiday party.
  1. Write Holiday Cards
    Even if your list of who to purchase presents for is short, there’s no limit to how many people in your life you can send a card or write a short email or note to in order to express your appreciation of them and tidings of joy. If you’re sending out cards, many sites like Zazzle offer deep discounts on paper holiday cards during December, and sites like Jib Jab allow you to create hilarious e-cards to be passed around online.

Whatever your holiday tradition and whomever you celebrate with this season, we wish you the very best! Happy holidays from Worldwide Ticketcraft!

 

6 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect for Winter

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Winter’s arrival is no reason to stop being charitable! On the contrary, many people experience a greater need for charity during winter because temperatures drop, necessitating more and warmer layers, heating bills rise, and travel can become difficult for some. The possibilities for doing good during the winter months are endless, from clothing and food drives to raising money for organizations that help transport the elderly and disabled, to funding shelters. Here are 6 fundraising ideas we think are great!

  1. Winter Carnival
    A great option for schools and churches, an winter carnival offers all the fun of summer carnivals, only inside. Pick a charity and charge an entrance fee. Hosting a raffle at the event can help increase ticket sales, and in place of rides you can offer winter-themed activities like a visit to the North Pole, cookie walk (instead of the traditional cake walk), and even a parade of lights or light display for guests to enjoy if you have an outdoor space to use.
  2. Cookie Party + Food Drive
    Cookie parties are tons of fun. Guests mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, bake together, and, best of all, bring home a mountain of cookies! If you want to take your annual cookie party to another level this winter, add in a request for guests to bring canned and dry goods and take up a food drive. Since your guests will already be out shopping for baking ingredients at the grocery store, it’ll be easy for them to pick up a bagful of canned goods to donate on the same trip. You’ll help a lot of people and allow your guests to do something they feel good about this season, too.
  3. Warm Up Event
    Host a hot chocolate and warm cookie filled event where guests bring coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to donate to the homeless and others in need. While many coat drives take place before November, those less fortunate need warm clothes and coats throughout he holidays and winter months.
  4. Ice Skating
    An ice skating fundraiser, where attendees pay for a ticket or food and vendor proceeds go towards your cause, is a great way to raise money for your charity while having tons of fun! Ice skating is an activity that people of nearly all ages can enjoy—or enjoy watching as giggling guests slip and glide their way around the rink.
  5. Winter Wonderland
    A winter wonderland fundraiser is perfect for schools and youth organizations. Create an indoor, “snow”-filled paradise with different stations for story reading and winter folklore, learning about winter wildlife, and the winter holidays of multiple cultures.
  6. Super Bowl Tailgate Party
    Throw your own fundraising Super Bowl tailgate party that’s fun for all ages! A few ideas for raising money include selling mock Super Bowl tickets to the event, setting up games for kids and adults that are pay-to-play, and raffling off a home-made Super Bowl trophy or football memorabilia.

As you can see, winter can be tons of fun and winter activities offer a wealth of opportunity to put the “fun” in fundraising! Check out our raffle tickets, themed admission tickets, and more today!

Whatever Your Event, We Have it All

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Not only do we offer more flexibility and customizable features than any other ticketing outfitter on the web, we’ve also done a lot of legwork for you by creating admission packages with themes and products suited especially to your specific event. Whether you’re hosting a sporting event, musical concert, parade, or play, you’ll find an appropriately-matched ticketing product on our site. Read on to learn more about some of our best selling themed admission products.

Winter Events

Nutcracker
With winter just around the corner, dance troupes all across the country are gearing up for productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Our Nutcracker-themed posters, wristbands, and tickets have your performance admission needs covered. General admission tickets include personalized text on the body of the ticket and ticket stub as well as two foil security images on the front and a clear security varnish on the back. Reserved seating tickets come in one of six full-color image themes and seating information can be customized according to your venue. For shows with intermission, our wristbands are perfect. Choose from one of our Nutcracker themes or upload your own artwork and add custom text. Finally, 12×18”, DIY performance posters provide an eye-catching way to advertise your show.

Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year, filled with cookie parties, fundraisers, theatrical events, winter concerts, and light parades. Whatever your event, we have an admission product to match. For larger events, or any event needing security, our Christmas-themed tickets with gold foil security badges and a clear security varnish have you covered. These tickets are sequentially numbered and customizable. General admission and reserved seating tickets are also available and allow several lines of customizable text, brightly colored Christmas background themes, and the option to upload your own artwork on reserved seating tickets. Tamper-proof, full-color wristbands are perfect for events with intermissions, alcohol, or security at the door and allow the option to choose from a Christmas theme or upload your own artwork and add text. Complete your event with DIY, full-color posters for marketing.

Sporting Events

Basketball
Purchase a complete package of admission products for your basketball tournament, game, or season or pick and choose from our line of basketball products. Options include 12×18”, full-color, DIY posters to advertise games, general admission tickets with or without security features, wristbands for re-entry that come in several basketball themes with the option to upload custom text, and DIY, laminated badges that allow you to upload your own artwork or choose from one of our full-color themes. Badges have an area to insert a personalized image or your sponsor’s logo.

Baseball
If baseball is your game (or another one of your games!), you’ll enjoy the same admission products as we offer for basketball (only in full-color baseball themes) with an extra option to include raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are full-color and include an image of a baseball player on the front. This large, 5.75×2.875” ticket with a 1.5” stub is easy to customize and add images to. It’s the perfect way to round out your tournament, playoff, or game’s admission needs and offering a raffle is a fun way to engage the crowd between games.

Concerts
We offer an array of concert tickets to suit any and all admission needs including general and reserved seating admission tickets, concert tickets with security features, DIY full-color posters, and DIY wristbands. All options allow the customer to upload artwork or choose from a variety of themes to suit their event’s needs, and include personalized text providing event details and additional information. Some design options allow for maps or advertising. View your options and get started.

5 Winter Performances for High School Drama Clubs

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With the holidays just around the corner, high school drama clubs across the country are gearing up to showcase their talents through a variety of winter performances. From dance to drama to literature, there are so many theatrical performances that traditionally take place in winter for drama clubs to recreate. These theatrical performances are always a fun way to kick off the holiday season and are sure to be an activity that your family will look forward to year after year. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own school’s winter performance for years to come or wondering what type of performance you might see your local high school’s drama club put on, read on for few of the most popular and a couple ideas of our own!

  1. Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is thought by many to be the greatest Christmas story of all time. Filled with strong, memorable characters and images, the theatrical opportunities in the form of sets, costumes, and lighting are endless. Most importantly, A Christmas Carol is a story about one man’s transformation from cruel and miserly to generous and unconditionally loving through honest self-evaluation and change of heart.
  2. The Nutcracker
    The Nutcracker ballet, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most visually beautiful and fantastic performances of the holiday season. While traditionally performed by professional ballerinas and dancers, students with a lesser knowledge of ballet techniques can modify the dances by providing their own take on the music through interpretive or creative dance. The sets and costumes in The Nutcracker are typically colorful and joyful, another reason it’s a great piece to perform around the holidays.
  3. White Christmas
    White Christmas, originally a movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, is a heartwarming musical that combines the warmth, snow, and sparkle of the Christmas season with a glimpse back into post WWII culture. The story is upbeat and the original film incorporates song and dance at every turn. A high school drama club would do well taking a few scenes or songs to create a White Christmas montage or mash-up.
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
    While this story has strong Christian undertones, it communicates a powerful message about the value of human life and how our generosity of spirit touches others in ways we may never know—perfect themes for high school aged students coming into their own as young adults.
  5. Multi-Cultural and Literary Monologues
    Instead of choosing one play or performance to recreate, high drama clubs may enjoy the dynamism and creativity provided by performing a series of monologues from winter literature. Among some of the most memorable are Edgar Allen Poe’s dark poem, “The Raven”, which takes place in December, Mark Twain’s “Letter from Santa Claus”, and Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicolas.” Folklore from other cultures can be woven in such as the Ukranian folk tale, “The Mitten”, or a Kwanzaa story. Finally, Hanukkah stories like the Hanukkah lights tale will round out the showcase of multi-cultural winter tales.

Get Festive with Our Holiday Themed Tickets!

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Christmas time is just around the corner and with it come tons of fun holiday events and activities—and of course goodies and gifts! Whether it’s the Nutcracker ballet, a holiday symphony, chorale concert, cookie party, parade of lights, tree lighting, or another festive winter event, most families and communities have created a tradition out of regularly attending a holiday event.

If you are hosting a new event this holiday season or continuing an old tradition, we have your ticketing needs covered! Our general admission, DIY Christmas-themed tickets come in five different color backgrounds with sequential numbering that can be personalized with the details of your event. These tickets are horizontal, sized at 1.625” x 5”. For larger events, or events requiring security, check out our Christmas-themed tickets with security features including two gold foil designs on the front and a clear varnish on the back. Security tickets are vertical and are 5.5” x 2” with a 1.25” stub that is numbered to track attendance. Stubs have four lines on the back so that the stub can also be used as a raffle ticket.

We also offer special holiday-themed wristbands to use for entry into concerts, parades, and other events where guest admission needs to be verified by a quick glance at the wrist. Each wristband is 10” long by .5” wide with a 1.5” white tamper proof tab printed on tear resistant material. These bands allow the purchaser to overlay custom text on the festive background, as well as the option to upload your own design.

Finally, our DIY 12” x 18” Christmas posters are perfect for advertising your holiday event. The brightly colored, joyful backgrounds draw the eye and our website offers an instant preview of each poster with your personalized event details. You may add 13 lines of custom text onto the poster and an option to upload additional text or images from Facebook and Instagram.

What are your plans this holiday season? Whatever event you’re hosting, we can meet your ticketing needs.

Take a look at the full range of our Christmas-themed products here.

Happy planning!

Holiday Traditions that Nurture Generosity and Gratitude

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The holiday season is the perfect time of year to create new traditions with your family. Most kids and adults appreciate the tradition of breaking bread as a family at Thanksgiving and exchanging gifts at Christmas, though sometimes the beauty and meaning of these holidays can be taken for granted. By creating new traditions with your family, kids and adults alike can gain a new-found sense of gratitude and generosity. Below are a few ideas for traditions that will connect your family compassionately with others and fill everyone with the spirit of the holiday season.

  1. Volunteer at a Food Bank
    Thanksgiving is a great time of year to volunteer at a food bank or distribution center bagging food for hungry families. Children can especially benefit from this type of service by learning that not everyone can afford to put a feast on the table, even once a year. Helping other families can nurture children’s innate desire to share and connect, and of course you’ll be helping a hungry family.
  1. Help a Neighbor
    Most neighborhoods have at least a few residents who are elderly, alone, or disabled. The season of good will offers a great opportunity to create a tradition of helping a neighbor in need that can be carried on throughout the year. The opportunities to offer help are endless; your family can pick up groceries for a neighbor, shovel her walk, put up Christmas lights, or offer rides to appointments and social visits. Not only will your family be lending a hand to a less-able citizen, you’ll be forming a new friendship with someone in your community.
  1. Send a Letter to a Soldier
    Many organizations, including the Red Cross, offer programs and instructions for how individuals and groups can write letters or create holiday cards for overseas soldiers during the holidays. Sending a personalized note of gratitude to a serviceman is a wonderful way to warm his or her heart and remind yourself of everything you have to be grateful for at home.

How does your family celebrate the holidays? Do you participate in any community service activities, or unconventional traditions?

 

Season’s Greetings: How to Raise Funds for Your School This Holiday Season

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The holidays are the perfect time of year to raise funds for your child’s school. Since it is already September, now is the perfect time to start planning your holiday fundraiser. Be creative and don’t feel compelled to put up the same old card table to sell homemade treats for 50 cents apiece. There are more lucrative ways to raise money these days besides bake sales! With a little planning and preparation,  you school can end the holiday season in the black – with funds for that school library makeover or new computers for the tech lab!

Go the traditional route with a twist!

It’s up to you and your school to decide what product is best for your students to sell. Perhaps you want to focus on calendars, greeting cards, gift wrap or gift tags, since these are items many parents will be picking up for the holidays anyways. It can be tricky deciding what to sell but remember that seemingly small items can add up to a lot of money! School groups raise more than a billion dollars every year selling items such as cookie dough, calendars or coupon books. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the action and raise funds for your school.

Once you decide on the best product to sell be sure to advertise your fundraiser. You can put up customized posters throughout the school and in your local libraries, churches, grocery stores and shops. You could also create customized postcards with your fundraisers information – these could be sent home with the children and even mailed to local businesses or given out at community events.

Take your fundraiser online! Most people these days will appreciate the opportunity to shop online in the comfort of their own home. Not to mention this type of fundraiser works great for family or friends at a distance that still want to support your school. Your school most likely already has a website, so just dedicate a page to use to collect funds via PayPal, so grandparents and family that don’t live locally can still donate to your child’s school. Don’t forget – this holiday season is the perfect time to remind people that all donations made to the school are tax deductible.