Fun Ways to Celebrate the Holidays!

Celebrate the season with the following festivities! You can tailor each event to your budget – everyone can get in the spirit with one or all of the activities. So grab a candy cane, put on a Christmas sweater and get ready to have a jolly-good time!

Decorate – Take the time to decorate your apartment or house! Having ribbons, sparkle and a tree around will definitely get you feeling festive. You could even decorate your work space or play Christmas tunes during your work day.

Make Something – Whether you bake sugar cookies, decorate a gingerbread house or get crafty and make a tree ornament – it’s entertaining to make something from scratch! So get those creative juices flowing and pick a fun or yummy holiday project.

Movie Night – Rent all of your favorite holiday movies and invite friends over to watch a few classics. We recommend: Home Alone, Elf, The Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Donate Your Time – There are a ton of charities and organizations that would love to have you volunteer for a few hours. Everyone is so busy this time of year, that your time will be greatly appreciated – pick up your favorite cause and call to set up your volunteer time.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Hit up the best sled hill, go ice skating or take a stroll downtown. Find something to do outside to get out of the house and get some fresh air – all while having fun and enjoying the winter season.

Ugly Christmas Sweater – Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! Gather your friends and family, set a spending limit and see who can find the craziest/ugliest sweater for the party.

Caroling – Break out your pitch pipe and hit up the neighborhood to go caroling… Fa la la la la la la la la!

Christmas Lights – Pile into the car and get on the road to see all the pretty lights around town – of course, while bumping some classic Britney Spears, NSYNC or Destiny’s Child holiday music.

Friday Fun Fact – Turkey: Health & Nutrition Facts

The highlight of most Thanksgiving meals is the turkey, a special treat that many families prepare in honor of this holiday. Turkey is actually a very nutritional meat. Here are some facts about the nutritional content of turkeys to keep in mind this Thanksgiving:

  • If you’re looking to cut back on calories this Thanksgiving, go for the white meat of the turkey, which has fewer calories than the dark meat. Also, choose meat that does not have the skin on it, which adds extra fat and calories.
  • Turkey is low in fat and high in protein, which makes it a healthy meat choice for the holidays.
  • Turkey is a great source of several key nutrients, including potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins.
  • A single serving size of turkey is about the size and thickness of a deck of cards, which is just slightly over 3 ounces. If the serving is breast meat without skin, it contains about 4 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. If it is dark meat without skin, it contains about 8 grams of fat and 28 grams of protein.
  • While it’s a common myth that has been passed from dinner table to dinner table, turkey is not really responsible for that Thanksgiving Day food coma. The real culprit is the amount of food that people eat during this yearly feast. The processing and digestion of all that food takes away blood from other parts of your body, including the brain, causing people to feel tired and drowsy.

Friday Fun Fact – Thanksgiving

 

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Friday Fun Fact

Did you know that the first Don’t Walk signs were installed in New York City on 5 February 1952? Red remained the preferred color for warning signs because red elevates the blood pressure, heightening nervous tension, therefore the most likely color to attract attention. Yellow is used in signs aimed at vehicle traffic because it is the most visible color in the spectrum and can be seen from the farthest distance.

Friday Fun Fact

The origin of the dollar sign —$ — has various explanations. Perhaps the most widely accepted is that it is the result of the evolution of the Mexican or Spanish “P’s” for pesos. This theory, derived from a study of old manuscripts, explains that the S gradually came to be written over the P, developing a close equivalent to the $ mark. It was widely used even before the adoption of the United States dollar in 1785.

Friday Fun Fact

If you’re offered $100,000 cash up front or a penny that’s doubled every day for a 31-day month, go with Abe Lincoln. Start with a penny and double its sum every day and you’ll accrue a lump sum of $10,737,418.23 at the end of a 31-day month. Now that’s compounding interest!

Friday Fun Fact

Sometimes the shortest weeks can seem the longest! I’m so glad it’s Friday, and I’m sure you are too. So, how about a fun, random fact! Starting today, we will post a “Fun Fact” every Friday on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and they will be on here too! If you have an interesting fun fact to share, email us at marketing@njfcu.org.

Friday Fun Fact #1: The word “tax” is derived from the Latin word “taxo,” which itself evolved into another word: “taxa,” meaning “charge.” Taxa, meanwhile, is also the root of the word “taxicab,” which derived from “taximeter cabs,” fare-charging vehicles that were introduced in London in 1907.