No one should be alone during the holidays, but that’s often the case for military personnel and their families. Fortunately, Operation We Are Here is chock full of programs, ideas, and ways to help military personnel during the holidays.
Help Create a Thanksgiving Meal Basket
There are a variety of organizations that take part in creating Thanksgiving meal baskets for members of the military. You can take part by bringing non-perishable food items to a location near you. It’s always better to have more than enough food for Thanksgiving meal baskets than not enough.
Invite a Military Member Over for the Holidays
Inviting a member of the military to Thanksgiving dinner or to celebrate the Christmas cheer is a great way to say thank you and provide them with food and merriment. If that isn’t an option, see if a local soup kitchen, church, or other organization in your area is working to help military families this holiday season.
Adopt a Military Family
Not all military personnel can return home for the holidays, and that can make their deployment even tougher than it already is for everyone involved. Create a care package and send it to those deployed, or take part in Shoeboxes for Military Spouses, a program that does exactly what the name entails.
We here at Highway Ford hope you’ll take part in thanking those who serve our great nation.
Easter is a holiday celebrated by cultures around the world, some of which aren’t even religious. The holiday’s popularity has spawned quite a few interesting traditions, each more interesting than the last. Here are some of the origins of Easter traditions, courtesy of us here at Highway Ford. Enjoy the holiday!
The origin of the Easter bunny comes from the pagan rites of spring and was brought to the United States by German settlers. The settlers would set up nests for a bunny in their yards and wait for the Easter Eve rabbit. Known as “Oschter Haws,” the bunny would lay eggs.
While one may think the origin of the Easter bunny has to do with Easter eggs, it isn’t quite right. The origin of the Easter egg dates back to the 1200s where dying eggs red was symbolic of Christ’s blood. The Easter egg could also have been a result of Lent, when many people gave up eating eggs. Alternatively, the Easter egg may also have origins in the pagan spring rituals, but many people choose the Christian religious explanation.
Marshmallow birds don’t seem to have much to do with Easter at first glance, but you’d be surprised. More than 75% of all Peeps are made and sold during Easter. They have their origin with a Russian immigrant named Sam Born in the 1950s. The first Peep was made by squeezing marshmallow through a pastry tube.
What are some of your Easter traditions? We at Highway Ford would love to know!
It can be difficult to get outside during winter, especially if you live in a particularly cold environment. That can lead to a buildup of energy and restlessness in both kids and adults. Fortunately, not all hope is lost once the first snow hits the ground. We here at Highway Ford have a few fun outdoor winter activities we’d like to recommend so you don’t have to stay inside all season long!
- Sledding – A classic winter pastime, sledding is still incredibly popular in most communities. All you need is a sled and a hill with snow on it. For this, check out local area businesses that generally don’t operate during winter, like golf courses. If all else fails, head to a local hill and start sledding!
- Paint – In order to create snow paint, all you need is food coloring and a spray bottle. Hand the bottles off to the kids and let them paint your yard a variety of colors. You’re bound to have the most interesting snow-covered yard in town!
- Photography – When all else fails, grab your camera (or smartphone) and take pictures. You never know what gorgeous landscape you might capture. Don’t forget to take a few pictures of the kids as well so you have something to look back on in the future!
Thanksgiving is over and many travelers are already back at home, but Christmas is in just a few weeks—that means many will be hitting the road once again. Whether you plan on driving or flying, there are number of useful tips to make your holiday travels easier. We here at Highway Ford have some helpful holiday travel tips to help you arrive at your destination with minimal stress.
- Planning – If you will be traveling for the holidays, now is the perfect time to start planning. Get your plane tickets and do whatever necessary tasks have to be completed before leaving. Make sure to pack a few days in advance so you don’t forget anything, put a hold on the mail, and stop the local newspaper if you receive one. Drivers would do well to plan out their route ahead of time to avoid any snags.
- Earplugs – Airports and car rides with the family can be loud and, by extension, irritating. Make sure to pack earplugs to avoid any loud children or chatty adults. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring an eye mask as well if you intend on sleeping along the way.
- Eat – Foregoing meals is a very fast way to a short temper and bad attitude. Make sure to eat something every few hours, especially if you’re hungry, to keep your temper in check and avoid blowing up at a helpless flight attendant.
The Louisiana State University Tigers are one of the most talented and successful college sport teams in the nation. 2016 has certainly been an exciting year for the Tigers, but the season is not over yet. There are still a few more games to go, so make sure that you don’t miss these upcoming LSU Tigers Football games.
LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators (November 19)
The Tigers’ match against the Florida Gators was postponed to November 19. Now these two college football heavyweights will meet up for a game that is sure to be filled with edge-of-your-seat action.
LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies (November 24)
On Turkey Day, the LSU Tiger will throw the pigskin in a matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies. It’s an exciting way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday!
SEC Championship Game (December 3)
December 3 marks the date of the SEC Championship Game. Stay tuned to see how far the Tigers advance in the Championship in their pursuit of victory.
Make sure you root for the LSU Tigers during the final days of the college football season this year. We hope to see them advance to the SEC Championship game on Thanksgiving. Here at Highway Ford, we will rooting for the Tigers and watching them as well!
Memorial Day symbolizes many things: it’s the unofficial start to summer, if the first weekend for great family cookouts, and most importantly, it’s a time to remember all those who fought for us to have the freedom to enjoy our weekends and summer. If you are looking for local places to spend your Memorial Day weekend, here are some great Memorial Day Events is SWLA to see!
Sulphur Heritage Days:
What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than at a festival that includes music, food, entertainment, and carnival rides! The Sulphur Heritage Days Festival is celebrating its 9th year and all proceeds go to the Brimstone Historical Society.
The Taste of Louisiana Festival:
You can’t have a party in Louisiana on Memorial Day weekend that doesn’t include food. Not just any food, but authentic Cajun Food. The Taste of Louisiana Festival includes many great Creole and Cajun dishes that are a staple of our great state. In addition, music will feature Cajun and Zydeco bands, to further celebrate our diversity and heritage.
Memorial Day Avenue of Flags:
Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without honoring the reason for this 3-day weekend. Be sure to stop by the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags event on Memorial Day at the Orange Grove/ Graceland Cemetery. Here, you will find a line of flags as you go through the cemetery and a display of eight previous United States Flags in the history circle.