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November Newsletter

November 1st, 2019


The Funny Pages

Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter

November 2019

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  I would love to bask in the chocolate filled fun of last night, but It's November 1st and we know what that means!  It's time to turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was my Mom's favorite holiday and she always cooked her turkey in a brown paper bag.  Most people think I'm crazy when I say that, but she'd slather it in butter and throw it in the oven and forget about it for 6 hours. It self basted the entire day, so there was really nothing to do and it was always so good!  She only opened the bag for the last hour to brown the skin. She would also cook every vegetable known to man kind!  Ok, that's an exaggeration, but it sure felt that way.  There was never any room on the table, with both leaves in!  She always said the veggies were her favorite part.  I must confess they are mine too!  Mashed potatoes, butternut squash and turnip, oh my!  She'd re-heat them in a cast iron frying pan on the stove top, said it gave them a great flavor, but then again she was also born in the 1940's before microwave ovens were invented. One way I keep her close to my heart, especially on her favorite holiday, is to keep her traditions alive. With 2 very young adults at home, these traditions haven't quite made it to the next generation yet, but I'm hopeful. 

Traditions are special and unique to each family.  Some families cook together or watch football. While others volunteer at their local soup kitchen or pass out baskets at the food pantry. Whatever way you celebrate your traditions, be safe, be happy and be thankful! 

Companies and Corporations are no different, they have traditions too. Many give in different ways, either to their employees or to different causes. Perhaps they spearhead a volunteer program during the holidays, like Fun Enterprises. The company chooses a worthy cause voted on by the staff and we usually spend a work day helping others.  Last year we did Christmas is for Kids and the year before we volunteered at the Veterans Hospital.  Even for Companies, it's better to give than receive. There are so many studies that say companies with philanthropic endeavors have improved images in the community, have happier, more engaged employees and have healthier bottom lines. People like companies that give back, it's as simple as that. 

Many companies give thanks to their employees with lunches, dinners, time off or even turkeys.  Fun Enterprises schedules the Friday after Thanksgiving as a Holiday for it's staff.  It's so nice to having a long holiday weekend. Then, of course, there is Black Friday.  I'm thankful I work for a company that cares about it's employees. I've worked for many that don't and I've learned the difference.

Why you should show your Employees Gratitude this Thanksgiving.

10 Creative Ideas for Your Office Thanksgiving Celebration

Some of our more popular in-office programs for luncheons and holiday gatherings taking place at your offices/warehouses or even at the place you go to volunteer:

Ceramic Pumpkin Decorating

Bear Friends Forever

Digital Caricature Artists

Giant Games

Paint Party

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Break

It's almost here, your first real break since the semester began!  Going home for the long weekend to catch up with your family and friends, eat a little turkey, a lot of pie and relax.  

Thanksgiving break is a quick one, and you will find yourself wondering where it went if you don't plan your time wisely.  

Top 10 Things to do on Thanksgiving Break 

Avoid family drama:  One issue I see over and over again is families not being on the same page.  Parents have one idea of how the weekend will go, and students have another.  Avoid arguments and hurt feelings by talking with your parents ahead of time about the weekend. Trust me, everything will go much smoother if you don't ruffle Mom and Dad's turkey feathers. Remember the family traditions and things you might be expected to attend and/or participate in. Plan to hang out with Mom and Dad at least once other than Thanksgiving Dinner with the family, even for an hour, they miss you too!

Hang with friends:  Holiday weekends are busy for almost everyone.  Plan ahead with your friends to chill during the weekend. If you do this early enough, you have this info when planning some time with Mom and Dad. Lets face it, for most students, hanging with friends is the priority. 

A great blog about pitfalls and effectively communication between Parents and Students 


With many college students on limited budgets, Black Friday is an ideal time to to exercise those multi-tasking skills - chill with friends and put a dent in your holiday shopping list too! 

This year, Thanksgiving is really late in the month which only leaves a little over 3 weeks before Christmas and Kwanzaa and even less for  Hanukkah. 

A few suggestions for those who brave the chaos of Black Friday shopping in the stores. 

* Dress in layers - Although you may have to stand in the cold for a time, stores packed with shoppers can get very warm.  Peeling off those layers when things heat up will make you a much happier shopper.

*  If you happen to walk by the restroom and there is no line, consider that a gift, and use it!

* Leave your bags at home.  Put your money and/or cards in your pocket (preferably your front pocket, but definitely a different pocket then where you hold your phone).  There is little worst than shopping all night and standing in line for hours to find out you lost your debit card.

* Bring a chap-stick!  Between the cold weather, the hot stores and all the Dunks you know your going to throw back, you'll need it. 

* Bring your holiday spirit!  If your out shopping on Black Friday, then you know the deal.  Lots of waiting in lines with stressing, impatient and tired people.  Be the smiling face in the crowd, you never know who might need to see it.


If you're like me and avoid large crowds at all costs, but still need to get those gifts on the cheap, gather a group of friends for a Black Friday all nighter! Tell your crew to bring their lap tops and snacks! Many stores extend their sales to online shoppers. If everyone shops a different store, you won't miss any deals. Get a white board and have everyone write down what they need, and start searching.  Granted, you're unlikely to get that big ticket item online, but you will get some fabulous deals! Don't forget to sign up for Rakuten (formerly eBates) or Mr. Rebates and sign in before you shop to get money back!

Here are a few good links to get you started:   

Black Friday Deals 2019: Start Date and Biggest Early Deals

BlackFriday.com

Happy Shopping!

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Check out our latest blogs

One thing we get asked a lot is: What is your most memorable event?  The answer may surprise you.

Where does your mind go when you let it wander? For Ken, some of these thoughts are serious and some are frivolous. 

Thoughts while mowing the lawn.

 

Check out Joel Christian Gill's new book!  

Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit, Fast Enough) and Oni Press have announced their next collaboration, Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, a graphic memoir documenting the creator’s childhood to be released in 2020.

Oni’s description of the comic reads: “Fights is Joel Christian Gill’s visceral and deeply affecting memoir chronicling his youth and coming of age as a poor Black child in a chaotic southern landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods during the crack cocaine boom of the 1980s.” click here for more

Click here to pre-order your copy 

Contact Bonnie Fox at (253-229-4390 or [email protected] to book Joel for your next Speaking Engagement

Kim's Corner

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Click the links below for some great ideas, recipes and FUN!

THE 33rd Annual 2019 BOSTON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL  Don't forget to print out your $2.00 off coupon for admission at the door! 

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25 Best Thanksgiving Games the Whole Family Can Play 

29 Best Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for the Most Delicious Feast Ever

We need Event Staff - Pass the word!

We are looking for full and part time event staff in our Stoughton, Massachusetts location. Candidates should be personable, enthusiastic individuals with a strong work ethic and a commitment to customer service.

  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate is preferred.
  • Must be personable, hardworking and able to work independently.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow through.
  • Proven proficiency in the use of computer equipment/applications.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal formats.
  • Punctual for all jobs and assignments.
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand up for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a clean driving record.

Please send inquiries to: [email protected]

Really Random Trivia 

1. Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?

2. Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?

See below for the answer 

 

Historical Fun Facts

Fun started in a 3 room office in Weymouth, MA.

Originally there were 3 owners.

Wayde Anders was a Champion Amateur Golfer.

We've had 4 marriages that are a direct result of people working here.

The average length of employment for the office staff (not including the owners) is 18 years!

Nick, Donna, AC and Kim                                                                

That time of Year Again...

Karaoke at a holiday party

by Anne-Celeste Anders, CMP

It’s that time of year again, when companies start the conversations on whether to have a Holiday Party. There are so many things that affect the answer to this question.  Over the past few years many employees have been asked to work longer and harder, often without any more compensation.  We try to find ways to make them feel good about the places they work, through saying thank you in a variety of ways. One way to thank them is with an event that says, “thank you”.  Having something to round out the calendar year and kick off a new year is a great idea.  However, companies still struggle with the obvious questions:  is it in the budget, what is our liability, what type of event should we have, when should we have it, who do we invite and who is going to plan it? Read More

  

 

 

Trivia Answer: 

1. Abraham Lincoln

As a nation, the US has celebrated Thanksgiving off and on since 1774. In 1789 George Washington made a proclamation that the American people should celebrate a day of thanksgiving to God on November 26th. Some presidents after him continued the tradition, sporadically declaring days of Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t until 1863 with Lincoln proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November that it became an annual holiday. Every year after that Presidents proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day of Thanksgiving. It was changed to be the fourth Thursday in under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

2. Ronald Reagan

John F. Kennedy was the first president on record for unofficially sparing a Turkey in 1963. But it wasn’t until the Reagan administration in 1987 that a turkey was given an official presidential pardon as a joke. Despite it being a joke, the turkey was spared and put into a petting zoo. In 1989 George H. Bush made it an annual tradition and each president following him has carried on the tradition.

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  Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland - November 2019

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