Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Shop Local
This Saturday, November 28th, is Shop Local Saturday – or, as we have all have grown to know it, “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving, when we spend quality time with family and friends around the table and then later rush out the door in the wee hours of the morning.
Raise your hand if you’ve been known to get in long lines at the nearest chain retailer to snag those special doorbuster deals or big-ticket items you’ve been holding off on purchasing.
In previous years, this day has encroached on Thanksgiving Day, forcing us out the door before the turkey even gets cold. Keeping us from the memories we could be making with family and friends. To add to this frenzy is Cyber Monday, which allows for similar deals all by shopping from the comfort of your home. Can we please find a good middle ground? YES, finally!
This Saturday, November 28th is Shop Local Saturday. While both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are exciting and can be helpful toward acquiring the perfect gift for all your loved ones, do your community a favor and shop local. Shop at your local small businesses, and help support the mom and pop shops. Spend your money where you live, work, and play.
While you’re out and about, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of your favorite local eateries – preferably one that isn’t a chain restaurant. Get out and wander into that shop you’ve been meaning to check out. And don’t forget, most of your local small businesses will also have great sales.
There are so many treasures for you to discover this holiday season, and most of them are right in your very own town, in small business owners’ shops.
Operation Christmas Child
As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we partook in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With 4 year old, Macon, leading the charge! She put together 22 boxes filled with toys for boys & girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season. Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!
If you would like to Build a Shoebox for a child in need, click below to find out how to get started!
As a military wife of over 15 years, I have seen far too much of what our Veterans and their families experience. Veteran’s Day (originally called Armistice day) was proclaimed on November 11, 1919, by Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the ending of World War 1. This National Holiday pays tribute to all who have served in America’s Armed forces.
What Veteran’s Day Means to Me
When I think of Veteran’s Day a wave of emotions, memories, and flashbacks come to mind. I think of ceremonies, promotions, Marine Corps Balls… I think of the heaviness of deployments. I think of the brokenness in my boys’ eyes when they hug their Daddy before getting “on that bus”. I think of the sadness each military service member feels when they leave their loved ones behind- often missing holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, their children’s “firsts” etc. I think of children growing up without a parent, and often even their extended family. I think of the joy, anticipation, preparation, and arrival of those who come home. I think of the heartache for those whose loved ones come home scarred..or not at all… You see, Veteran’s Day is far more than a day off of work or school.
What You Can Do to Honor a Local Veteran
What special meaning does Veterans Day hold for you? What emotions are evoked in you when you hear the word “Veteran”. Below are just a few meaningful ways of how you can show your love and support:
1. Accompany a Veteran to a Veteran’s Day Parade
2. Seek out a Veteran to spend time with
3. Visit a senior Veteran in a nursing home or senior housing area
4. Help a Veteran check with the Veteran’s Benefits Administration for any unclaimed
5. Take a warm meal or dessert to someone you know is a Veteran
6 Offer to watch the children of a Veteran so the parents can have a nice date
7. Donate to a Veteran charity/organization
8. If time or distance makes it hard for you to spend time with your Veteran loved one you can reach out via phone, email, text, mail, etc.
Do you have any special way you honor our past and present military? Please feel free to share!
Many Blessings, and to those who have served or are currently serving… Thank You.
This blog post was written and prepared by Crystal Shaw, a Broker/REALTOR® at Bluewater Real Estate and proud Military spouse. She and her husband have relocated frequently due to new orders, but have been blessed to call The Crystal Coast their home for the last 9 years.
Cell Phone | (740) 973-6693
Email | CrystalS@BluewaterNC.com
Local events for Veteran’s Day:
The Carteret County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Morehead City on Saturday, November 9, and will start at 11 a.m. No invitation is required to enter – everyone is invited! The parade committee will no longer be sending out written invitations but is shifting to social media for notification/information. If you or your organization would like to participate in this patriotic event or for more information, please visit https://www.americanlegionmhc.org/veterans-day-parade, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Carteret County Veterans Services Office at 252-728-8440 for more information. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the number above and we will assist you in completing your entry form.
A small group of re-enactors will be in the fort Saturday afternoon and Sunday showing what Fort Macon would have looked like during WWII. Uniform talks, weapons demonstrations, and other short talks and presentations will be given throughout the day. November 9th: 2-5 PM & November 10th: 10 AM- 4 PM
From Carteret County Speedway: We are proud and committed to carrying out Bobby Watson’s legacy and dream here at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway. Providing the Crystal Coast with the region’s finest short track facility and entertainment park. In the final race we will be honoring our active military and veterans. Join us for the final race on Saturday, Nov. 16, for a family military night of fun and entertainment. Located right off Highway 58 in Peletier. Visit Carteretspeedway.com or call 252-436-7223 for more information.