The Leaves have Fallen in JumpStart!

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What are YOU Thankful For? Frankie Wants to Know!

frankie thanksgivingHey there Jumpeez! It’s Frankie! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it was a great time to reach out to all of our Jumpeez with an important question:

What are YOU Thankful For?

Think about all the things in your life that you are fortunate enough to have… your home, your family, your school, your friends. It’s incredible how many great things we all have in our lives that we might forget to say “Thank You” for. Jumpeez, this is your chance! Comment below and let me know what you’re thankful for. It can be something big, it can be something small, it can be a person or a thing, it can be your best friend or your teacher or your Mom or Dad– whatever and whoever YOU are thankful to have in your life!

One week from today, on Thanksgiving, I’ll have a special blog post where I post and respond to a few of my favorite responses.

I want to hear it all.. there is no wrong answer! Click the comment button and start giving thanks!

Thanksgiving Updates!

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The Mayflower has docked in DownTown, there’s Turkeys running around the area, and Thanksgiving is in full swing in JumpStart. Have you checked out the Petz, Threadz and Ridez stores to see what seasonal features are available? Keep reading if you want to learn more about how you can deck your Jumpee out with Thanksgiving goodies!

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Leaves are Falling in JumpStart

JS ThanksgivingWe hope you had your fill od the Mummy Maze and other Halloween specialties, because seasons have changed and leaves are falling in JumpStart! Check out all new FunZones in CentralPark, MainStreet and DownTown, as well as cool new Petz, Threadz and Ridez. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in JumpStart!

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Fall Inspirations for Your Home

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Something about home decorations help make the holidays feel complete– that is, in addition to quality time spent with the family! We gave you recommendations for getting your home in the Halloween spirit and we’re back with some more ideas for Thanksgiving decorations! As you’re taking down jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish ghosts and the rest of your Halloween decorations, switch them out with some of these fall favorites.

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Happy Thanksgiving from JumpStart!

Thanksgiving means many different things to families across the country. How will you be celebrating this historic American holiday? Whether you are enjoying a feast with your family or embarking on other festive traditions, you won’t want to miss out on all the amazing seasonal specials that Frankie and friends have incorporated into JumpStart for the season.plugin-container 2013-11-27 10-33-48-05

When you’ve got the time, don’t forget to celebrate with your in-world friends or find the perfect JumpStart holiday features and resources to enjoy with your family. From worksheets to crafts and everything in between, let us know how you are giving thanks during this time of year!

Thanksgiving History and Traditions

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving, this year? Beyond the usual, feast and family reunions, try sharing a few special historical facts and popular fall holiday traditions with your kid. You might find that there is a ton for your kids to learn when it comes to giving thanks and observing this annual American holiday!

Photo by Steven Depolo

Photo by Steven Depolo

History

Throughout history, Native American tribes have held ceremonies to pay their gratitude for successful harvests through the season. And, similarly, the English people who comprised the settlement at Plymouth   ha much to rejoice over when they began settling into the New World. When these Pilgrims first arrived to the New World, they brought new traditions and practices to the modern American Thanksgiving story.

Traditions

Gathering

This is the day when family takes the spotlight, where more than 50 million people travels across the states in America on the road or through the sky to visit their families. Family reunites to share an appreciation for the meaningful and comforting ties with their loved ones.

Food

A family reunion is not complete with a feast! The classic menu items for this particularly holiday include turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry, and root vegetables, which are all based on New England fall harvests. However, as the tradition spreads, people look for local items that are both more accessible and suitable for local’s taste.

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Photo by tinyfroglet

Wishbone

As you and your family gobble up your delicious meal, you will find that a forked bone, located at the base of the neck of your turkey is visually and physically present. This is the wishbone. In the past, Europeans believed that the wishbone could predict the weather. Nowadays, people believed that if you compete with another person in a game of tug-o-war, whoever breaks off a larger section of the bone is granted a wish.

Volunteer

Giving back to the community is the most meaningful way to express your gratitude and appreciation for the blessings you are given throughout this year. Help a local church or homeless shelter to provide a bit of warmth and comfort for the less unfortunate.

Apart from all the life-long lessons you can teach your kid during this holiday season, be sure to also have lots of fun and enjoy the annual celebration!