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Unique New Year’s Traditions and Party Ideas

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We’re starting to plan our New Year’s Eve activities and it got us thinking about how the day is celebrated in other parts of the world. From fortune telling potatoes to lucky gold coins, take a trip around the world with us as we round up some of the most interesting traditions!

1. To start fresh for the new year, some residents in South Africa throw old furniture out the window on New Year’s Eve.

2. In Spain, people eat 12 white grapes to coincide with the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight to ring in the new year. Eating all 12 by the end of the chimes guarantees 12 lucky months ahead!

3. On New Year’s eve in Ireland you’re likely to see residents banging bread against the walls and doors of their home to chase out the bad luck and welcome the good.

4. One of the traditions in Greece is to bake a cake with a gold coin inside. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will have luck in the coming year!

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We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if that picture IS a word? Say it simply for the holidays with one of our artist-crafted pieces of holiday word art. We’ve assembled our top ten most popular pieces below! Check out our full selection and get started on your one-of-a-kind holiday design at http://bit.ly/HolidayWordArt15

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Tis the season for everyone to pack up and make the trip to Grandma’s, Mom & Dad’s, or YOUR house for the holidays! Keep everyone’s spirits bright during the wait for dinner with these fun (and sugar-free!!) crafts and activities that will be loved by the kids and the adults alike.

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For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard from some awesome customers about how they brought their families and communities together on Thanksgiving. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

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Inaugural Pine Hill Turkey Trot

This family decided to do their own version of a turkey trot this year, and although they didn’t sign up for an actual race, it was “made to feel even more real with official t-shirts from CustomInk.” Everyone played a role in the race, including Grammy as the timer and finish line judge. Even the granddog participated in the race! When the trot concluded, it was time for pie and stuffing for all.

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BarCrawlCollageEvolving Thanksgiving Bar Crawl

Three years ago, these friends embarked on a journey to create the ultimate Thanksgiving bar crawl. In three years, the number of participants has grown from just a handful to over 30 attendees (see all three photos above). Using the Group Order Form, this repeat customer organized the “Gobble til you Wobble” t-shirt order for this year’s third annual event. Their goal is to have upwards of 75 people come out for next year’s crawl!

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DSC_0202Big Bend Thanksgiving Crew

These family friends have a wonderful tradition of enjoying each Thanksgiving away from the city crowds in the beautiful West Texas Big Bend region. This year’s trip had a record group of 24 folks in attendance so the group decided to get Big Bend Thanksgiving 2015 (BBTG15) t-shirts to mark the occasion. The shirts “helped the big group bond and they were a real highlight of the trip!”

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thanksAn O’McWrighter Thanksgiving

Instead of traveling for Thanksgiving, this family and their family friend stayed local and explored the many things that Chicago has to offer, like a scavenger hunt (in custom shirts, of course) at the Museum of Science and a play downtown afterward. The customer combined everyone’s last names – O’Hara, Wright, and McKeever – into a custom t-shirt design and surprised the entire group on the day of the festivities!

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Going on a family trip for the Winter holidays this year? Make your occasion even more merry and bright with matching tees for the whole group! Check out these Ink of the Week submissions from years past for some inspiration!

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