As Thanksgiving season approaches, it’s hard not to think about all the delicious pie, turkey and mashed potatoes you will soon be eating. Here at The Village, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the true meaning of this great holiday. Although it’s hard not to get wrapped up in all of the food, family and fun, we wanted to help remind you what Thanksgiving is really all about.
The “First Thanksgiving”
We all tend to celebrate with feasts, football games, and family reunions. However, the “first Thanksgiving” was neither a feast or a holiday, but a simple gathering. On December 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims suffered the loss of 46 of their original 102 colonists. With the help of the Indians in the area, the Pilgrims were able to survive the bitter cold winter and come fall they were able to produce a bountiful harvest. To celebrate, a traditional harvest festival brought the Pilgrims and Indians to unite in a “thanksgiving” observance.
Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday
The next “thanksgiving” meal was not celebrated again until June of 1676. Over one hundred years later in October of 1777, all 13 colonies participated in a one-time “thanksgiving” celebration. It wasn’t until over 150 years later that George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving as a National holiday in 1789. In 1863, President Lincoln then proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a day of celebration. It wasn’t until 1941 when Congress sanctioned it as a legal holiday.
How to Celebrate
This Thanksgiving, how are you going to celebrate? Whether it’s with a feast or a friendly neighborhood football game, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with those you love. What Thanksgiving traditions do you and your family have. Maybe start a new tradition such as making a “thankful tree” or everyone telling what they are thankful for around the Thanksgiving table. Overall, this holiday season, spend time with family, friends and those you love.
Make Delicious Food
Since cooking Thanksgiving dinner takes almost all day long, why not get an early start! Start the day before and get going with all those pies! Whether it’s apple, mixed berry, or pumpkin, pie is a must for every Thanksgiving feast. If your cooking a turkey, you’ll want to make sure to give yourself enough time to let it cook. It may mean starting the day before! Mashed potatoes, yams, gravy, and rolls can all be made the day off. Plan out your feast ahead of time so that you’ll be ready for the big day!
Happening on Thanksgiving
Whether it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Dallas Cowboys football game, there are always different events going on during this awesome day. Black Friday seems to now go hand in hand with Thanksgiving. You can’t have a piece of pie and some turkey without looking for the best Black Friday shopping deals. Many stores open Thanksgiving Day and will stay open until Friday night at 10pm. Stores like Walmart, Target, JCPenny and Best Buy will all be opening their doors early.
Last year, REI started a movement for people to reconnect outdoors over the holidays. They closed all of their stores on Black Friday (one of the most popular shopping days of the year) and paid their 12,000+ employees to spend time outside. They invited America to join in and had over 1.4 million people and 170 organizations choose to #OptOutside. Last year, REI teamed up with the National Parks had them open for free to the public on the day of Black Friday. REI announced that they will be closing their doors again on Black Friday and instead spending time outdoors. This year, spend time outdoors with those you love!
The Oxford Apartment Layout
The Oxford is one of our more sophisticated apartments at The Village! This one bedroom, one bath apartment has some nice features that make it really special. A patio/deck off of the dining room can be great for those warms summer nights. There is plenty of room for a barbecue grill and even an extra storage unit outside. Not to mention our den room in The Oxford. The den is perfect for a nursery, home office, or hobby room. It has a really spread out layout that gives it a really nice open feel. Don’t forget about all of the closets that give you lots of storage space for everything you own. The kitchen looks into the family room making is a great place to be able to socialize with larger groups of people. Every apartment at The Village comes with a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer which makes life a little easier. Come visit us today to see if the Oxford layout is perfect for your needs today. We provide the Oxford layout along with 8 other floor plans for you to choose from.
Take a look at our other layouts here.
Here at The Village, we are a pet friendly apartment complex that has a new dog park. We love our residents and their pets, which is why we just finished upgrading our outdoor park. This is located to right of the clubhouse and allows for your pets to exercise, play and run free. Unleash your pets and let them enjoy an afternoon at The Village Dog Park. Just remember to be safe and follow the dog park rules.
Dog Park Rules
Although we wish everyone and their dogs could have access to this park, is for tenants only. That’s why living at The Village has its perks. Bring your dog to the park and let them enjoy getting their wiggles out. The park is never closed, but always accessible for residents and their dogs. Just remember to be respectful and clean up after your dogs.
Keep you and your dogs safe at the park. Before going to the park, watch and see how your dog interacts with others. A dog park is a great place for dogs to get some exercise and learn social skills. Before unleashing your dog, make sure your dog is safely inside the gated area. Be careful taking smaller dogs to a dog park that has larger dogs. Overall, be considerate of other dogs as you allow your dog to run free within the park.
Dog Park Amenities
We care about your pets, which is why we upgraded the park with toys your dogs will love! Let your dogs run free within the gated park and play on the tires. Your dogs can also play with the tether-ball pole and balls provided in the dog park. When it’s hot outside, we have a sprinkler that allows your dogs to cool off while playing in the water. Bring your dogs to the park today!
Dog Park Etiquette
– Clean up after your dog
– Don’t allow your dog to bully others
– Supervise your dog
– Make sure your dog has good manners
– Be careful about bringing small children into the park
– Keep puppies under the age of 4 months at home
Dogs love to run around and have fun. Instead of letting them stay cooped up in your apartment, bring them to the dog park instead. Here at The Village, our dog park is the perfect place for your pets. The park is fully enclosed and has designated dog waste areas. Let your dog off it’s leash and allow it to run and play. Bring a Frisbee or ball to throw and play catch with your dog. Once you see how much your dog will love it, you’ll have to go back!
Why We Expanded
Since we are a pet friendly apartment in Rexburg, we know that a lot of our residents have pets. We originally had a smaller dog park for the residents to use. However, after seeing how many dogs loved and enjoyed playing in the park, we decided to expand it. The newer dog park is double the size! It’s a park that your dogs will love to come to!