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5 Suggestions For Family Fun Over Thanksgiving

by Mayes Harris Team


Begin your day with the famous Macy Day Parade.  What kid doesn't love a parade and by that I mean young or old.  This parade has been televised since 1948 and so it has become a staple of many households.  Whether you are rooting for the huge balloons or the Rockettes or any of the famous acts, this is the parade to watch. 


Physical Fun

Gather your clan together and take a walk around the neighborhood or perhaps, a turkey trot.  If you would rather have some fun competition then strike up a game of flag football.  Stuck inside?  Maybe try charades, twister, Wii sports or karaoke.  You'll need to work up an appetite!


Family Tree

You can also encourage the younger children to ask the older folks for some family history.  You could even print out a family tree and have them fill it out together.


Board Games

Don't forget to dust off the favorite board games and have some friendly competition.  There's the old standby's like Monopoly, Scrabble, Game of Life, Jenga, Checkers and Chess.  


Express Gratitude

Have everyone write down 5 things they are grateful for about the person sitting to their right.  Then switch it to the other side and have them do the same to the person on their left.  Whey they've finished they can take turns reading them aloud.

10 Ways To Express Gratitude

by Mayes Harris Team


It's the time of year when we gather around our tables with our family and loved ones and express our feelings of gratitude.  Gratitude is what we express appreciation for.  What are you grateful for?  Is it your health, family, friends, shelter, food or a combination of these?

According to Psychology Today there are benefits of expressing gratitude.  

The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy. 

There are many different ways to express gratitude and here's just a few of them.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Start out with listing 5 things and then expand the list each week.
  2. Write a gratitude letter to someone you appreciate. Make a point once a week of composing a handwritten letter to express your appreciation for a friend or relative or even a colleague.  
  3. Make a date for gratitude.  Choose a specific time every day to think of who or what you are grateful for. Maybe upon awakening or just before you go to sleep.
  4. Connect on a personal level. Phone someone or meet with them to let them know you are grateful for them being a part of your life.
  5. Another way of connecting personally is by hand written cards.  Express your gratitude with a card.  
  6. Homemade is from the heart. Aren't the most memorable gifts homemade?  Give a gift that you've made or baked with your own two hands. 
  7. Volunteerism. Volunteer in your community.  You can find a church with an outreach program or simply search Google for "volunteering in _________________ (your location.)" 
  8. Complain free week. Try going a week without complaining.It's amazing how often we complain without even realizing it.
  9. Listen. Fully listen to whoever you are speaking or visiting with.  Put down the phone, turn off the tv and/or computer and give 100 percent of attention to the person you are with.
  10. Hugs.  Don't forget to give people a hug.  This simple gesture has had proven physiological benefits.

Tell us how you recognize gratitude in your life.

Neighborhoods in Lake Norman, North Carolina

by Mayes Harris Team

Lake Norman is a great place to call home because of its beautiful neighborhoods, historic background, different types of watersports, NASCAR, and plenty of upscale shopping choices.  Let's take a look at a few of the Lake Norman neighborhoods.


Davidson is a small college town located 20 minutes north of Charlotte. One of the charming attributes of Davidson is it was designed for walking and/or biking.  It was not designed for car travel. The community believes in connectivity.  According to Davidson General Plan and Davidson Land Plan, people can access 100% of Lake Shoreline for public recreational purposes. Boats are commonly used for traveling from Davidson to Lake Norman. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County contains numerous books on history, literature, military and others. With very low poverty and unemployment rates, Davidson is known for its calm and quiet environment and modern facilities.


Cornelius was established in 1904 and is located south of Davidson and north of Huntersville.   There are homes in all price ranges with beautiful gardens and walking trails.  There are many activities to do in Cornelius such as a balloon tour over Charlotte, Cornelius Art Center, mini golf or a relaxing boat tour.  



Huntersville was established in 1873 and as one might assume there are plenty of historical attractions to visit.  It has also become quite an attraction for just about everyone with NASCAR, shopping, and parks. Also, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is organized here every October and November.


Boasting its importance for being designated as the corporate headquarter of NASCAR Technical Institute and Lowe’s Companies, Mooresville is known for being home to one of many of the best NASCAR car racing teams and drivers. As a sister city of Hockenheim in Germany, Mooresville is also branded as USA’s Race City. With the Historical Automotive Museum, The Memory Lane Motorsports, North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and The Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau make it a perfect combination spot for sports lovers. 

Please find more neighborhood information by clicking on the following: Concord, Kannapolis, Myers Park, Denver, and Lincolnton.


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