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An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving traditions have been an important part of our family for many years, and we’re so greatful for the heritage of family, faith, and good food that’s been passed down to us! Pictured in this old family photo are many of our aunts, uncles, second cousins and great grandparents. Our grandmother is pictured on the far right foreground and our mother is sitting to her immediate left in the photo. She was just a young girl in this photo! 🙂

Here at Piper Classics, we believe Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year! Getting together with family and friends, creating new memories and enjoying delicious food, all add up to a warm and wonderful holiday. Piper Classics is keenly aware of how blessed we are to have family and friends that we treasure and can share this holiday with and we are grateful for all our blessings.

Giving Thanks is something that has gotten a lot of press in the media lately because studies have shown that gratefulness is good for your health. Recognizing and paying attention to the many gifts we have, while cultivating an attitude of thankfulness for these blessings, is beneficial to physical and mental well-being. This attitude enriches our lives and changes the way we look at one another and at our world.

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What’s the Deal With Mistletoe? The Origins of Christmas Traditions

We love history here at Piper Classics, and have enjoyed using this blog to discuss everything from presidential homes to the American tradition of quilt making.

But somehow, even though we’ve explored the origins of Easter, Halloween and the Fourth of July we’ve never taken a good look at the history of the king of the holiday mountain: Christmas.

Where did Christmas caroling come from? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Who was St. Nicholas? Read on to discover the origins of some of our most cherished holiday traditions. Continue Reading

The Unsung Holidays of August

August 10th, 2016 country holiday decor

August is just a few days away. Have you sent out cards for Friendship Day? Put up your International Lefthanders Day decorations? Thought up jokes for President’s Joke Day?

We’ll guess the answer is “No.” These aren’t widely known celebrations, but then again, August doesn’t really feature a lot of top-tier holidays.

But it has us thinking: Why not celebrate some of these lesser-known holidays on the calendar? We’re not saying you have to do anything big, but you might find that these suggestions will help make this August more memorable. Continue Reading

The Piper Classics Guide to a Stress-Free Country Christmas

November 2nd, 2015 country holiday decor

It seems like stores put out their Christmas-related items earlier every year. Halloween is still upon us when we spot the first glimpses of red, silver and green in the aisles.

On one hand, it seems like overkill. “Let us have one holiday at a time!” we say to ourselves.

But for some of us, two months’ notice seems pretty reasonable when we’re getting ready for the winter holidays. Continue Reading