Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day!! As we (well…most of us anyway) prepare for a glorious four day weekend, visions of oodles of home cooked food, quality time with loved ones and traditional football matchups have already begun dancing in our heads. While all these things are the components of a wonderful holiday weekend, we wish to remind you what the holiday is all about:

Take a moment this weekend to take pride and comfort in the little things that make life worth living. Remember how much your family loves you and all the times the special people in your life were there for you when no one else was. Take pride in your accomplishments, your successes and the way in which you have positively influenced other people’s lives. Thanksgiving is time to take a day off from being hard on yourself and to take stock of all the blessings in your life. So what if you haven’t paid off that credit card yet? Or if you have yet to finish all the schooling you would like to? Or if you haven’t landed the job you know you deserve? Just for today, stop beating yourself up about it. There is plenty of time to do that in the future.

So Happy Thanksgiving Backyard X-Scapes fans, customers and readers. Give yourself the day off and celebrate the positive things. You’ve earned it.

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What are you doing this Thanksgiving?

Every year it’s the same old thing: driving to parents, in-laws or other relatives houses for the same old turkey dinner, the retelling of the same old stories, the asking of the same old questions. Why not do something different this year? Something out of the ordinary? Something to shake things up? Travelling is a great way to “spice things up” and get out of the same old boring routine. Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a long weekend and, if you do it right, can be cost-effective and hassle-free. Here are some great destination ideas as well as some travel tips to make sure you have a Thanksgiving experience that is anything but ordinary.


First, narrow down your choices by considering things like weather, school stress for children, celebrations and American History. For example, if you live in a chilly climate, a tropical vacation might be for you or if you live in a desert or temperate climate (such as San Diego) you may want to visit a cooler “holiday” destination. Also, remember that just because your kids are allowed a long weekend does not mean that they are free from homework, studying and projects. Don’t plan a long or exhausting trip if your student is just going to be more stressed out upon your return. Cities with special Thanksgiving celebrations are also a good option, such as New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade or pick a spot rich in American history such as a road trip through the 13 colonies or a trip to your favorite President’s hometown.

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