This newsletter is best viewed in HTML. If you are having trouble viewing this newsletter please click the link below.
Click Here if you have trouble viewing this newsletter in your email client

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

and Why Some Families

Place Three Kernels of Corn by Each Place Setting


(Site Photos) xkjjnp_ThanksgivingScene.jpg    If you read Governor Bradford’s diary of the travails of the pilgrims, you will learn that after landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they established a collective system of tending crops and dividing the workload.  Collectively everyone owned and worked the land, did the laundry, prepared meals,(Site Photos) CornKernel.jpg and cared for the children.  Sadly, production declined, poverty was rampant and confusion prevailed.  Women resented having to do laundry and cook for the entire community as well as being asked to work the fields. Young men found no reward for putting forth their best efforts. Resentment grew.  Many died from poor nutrition.  At the lowest point, a day’s ration for one person was three kernels of corn.


    Faced with extinction, Governor Bradford and the elders decided to do something radical.  They gave each family a plot of land to work or barter as they wished.  In one growing season individual owners within the colony reversed three years of failure, harvested bountiful crops, established trading posts, and began repaying their sponsors! They invited the Indians to share a feast of thanks  --and that was the real story of the first Thanksgiving.


    Thank you Governor Bradford and the Elders for introducing the foundation upon which our nation has flourished, for tapping into the power of personal motivation, for a system of liberty that enables us to thrive.  Let’s place three kernels of corn by each place, tell the children the real story of Thanksgiving and ask them what the kernels of corn represent!        


    Source: Foundation for Economic Education

 Gift Making Classes for Children (Site Photos) Presents.jpg
Ages 7+ Saturday, Dec. 2 & 16 

    Your kids will rave about making their own gifts to give.  It’s not just for kids, there are  craft classes for parents and teens!

    Jane Ann offers fun, creative, and affordable classes in various mediums.  Projects change weekly, check the website often.


Dec. 2: Windchimes, Handpainted ClayPot with Daffodil Bulbs or  Veggie Stamped Linen Napkins

Dec. 16: Grandparent Scrapbook, Beaded Memory Bracelet or Canvas Tote Bag 

(Site Photos) JaneAnnsLogo.jpg Hands on Crafts with Jane Ann 227-5335


Let the Shopping Begin!

Think Local, Shop Local 


    Are you shopping on Black Friday? Local retailers tell me that it’s a myth that it’s the biggest shopping day ever; they say it's Christmas Eve. I prefer weekday mornings.  My lists are so “ordinary” –books, socks, earrings, jigsaw puzzles- that my real reason for shopping is to get inspiration, to(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) ChristmasMom_shopper.jpg find that perfect gift that thrills the recipient. 


    Where do I find those items? Local stores! Kaleidoscope, Lollipops, Ironwood or Paper Vision for unique and classic gifts for children, the Sock Shop for special socks, and my favorite places for one-of-a-kinds are antique stores! Drugstores or office supply businesses are great for practical stocking stuffers, and Way of Life has unusual treasures.  For surfing dudes there is always O’Neill’s. Shopper’s Corner has great gifts for foodies!  Capitola Book Café has local owners ready to help you or let you browse.


    On a tight budget? Check out stores with “gently used” items: Little People’s, Jelli Beanz, The Clothesline, Goodwill.  Want to make gifts, but need some direction? Try Hands on Crafts with Jane Ann. What if someone unexpected shows up?  Candles or your own baked cookies are good generic gifts.  Have fun!

Fun Family Activities

11/23     Ice Skate, Monterey Fairgrounds
11/24     See Surfin Santa, Capitola Beach
11/24-25     Visit the Gem Faire ,  Monterey Fairgrounds

11/24-12/22     Ride the Holiday Lights Train, Boardwalk
11/25      Learn Old Time Games,
Quail Hollow Ranch
11/26     Learn about The Big Splat or How the Moon Came to Be, Capitola Book Cafe

    For all you intrepid travelers who travel with kids and like to write, here's a chance to win a prize. 
Write from the heart!

(BUILT IN) (ParentClick & Territory logos) TravelContest.jpg

The Winner of the Razor Scooter is
Anne in Scotts Valley!
    Anne says, "I have really enjoyed I love looking for new recipes and finding out what is going on in the community." Her two daughters will be thrilled! Anne's name was drawn from new subscribers and their friends who sent them to our site over the last few weeks.
Congratulations Anne!

The Tyrolean Inn


Fine Dining

By a Warm Fire

while the children

play in the children's corner


(Business Logos) TyroleanInnLogo.jpg
 99600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

 Welcome to New Businesses!

 Welcome to New
Newsletter Subscribers! 

Check our Weekly Events to find activities and new friends for you and your children.   Use our Parent Planner to coordinate events with friends.


(Business Logos) WaldorfLogo.jpg

Meeting the needs of the
contemporary student
by engaging the mind,

firing the imagination,

and strengthening the will.



 (Business Logos) AnniesNanniesDomesticStaffLLC.jpg

  Win a 50 block set of

Brio Wood Blocks!

(Site Photos) BrioBlockssmall.jpg

Tell us about your

family's favorite

holiday tradition! 

Drawing is Dec. 4th.

(Business Logos) SantaCruzBeachBoardwalk.jpg

 (Site Photos) KittyunderDogsEar2.jpg
"You go for a walk...
we're sleeping off turkey!" 

(Site Photos) SeymourWhale.jpgJingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Noon-5:30 PM

Festive Whale Lighting 5:45 PM


Seymour Center

Click Here if you have trouble viewing this newsletter in your email client
Please add to your safe-senders list to ensure your newsletters do not get caught by email filters.

You received this e-mail because you have signed up for our e-mail newsletters from our website. If you received this message in error or you want to be removed from this exclusive mailing list just visit the following link and follow the instructions.
Click here to unsubscribe.

Santa Cruz, CA