Start a Tradition this Holiday Season!

Outdoor Family Choosing Christmas Tree TogetherThanksgiving is right around the corner! This year, why not throw in one or two new activities and see how they are received by your guests? If they are enjoyed, you may have a few fun Thanksgiving traditions for years to come!

Here are some simple tradition-starting ideas that cost virtually nothing but can add a bit more meaning and a few more memories to your Thanksgiving holiday.

  1. Give back before feasting – Whether it’s running a 5K Turkey Trot that sponsors food bank charities or volunteering to help prepare and serve a hot Thanksgiving meal for a local soup kitchen, giving back to your community has a way of kicking off the holiday season in its intended spirit and yields thankfulness for what you have.
  2. Create a “What We Are Thankful for Tree” – Gather a few fallen branches from outside and place them in a vase so they resemble a tree. Cut out colorful pieces of paper into shapes of leaves and place them underneath the tree. Invite family and friends to write down anything they feel thankful for. Glue, tape or hang them from the tree and use it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal as a reflection on the year’s blessings.
  3. Toast all the way around the table – Invite each person, young and old, to take a moment to toast to “what they are most thankful for this year.” This quickly floods Thanksgiving dinner with a strong sense of gratitude and helps the flow of conversation throughout the meal as special moments are shared, remembered and celebrated.
  4. Get active after dinner – After the meal has been eaten, and possibly before dessert has been served, gather everyone in your Thanksgiving celebration to enjoy a bit of time being active outside. Grab a glass of hot cocoa and take a nice, long walk around your neighborhood together. Or, host a competitive game of whiffle ball with your family and/or neighbors! It should help stimulate everyone’s metabolism and at the very least will create some great memories.
  5. Celebrate “Friendsgiving” – Start a tradition with your friends to have a potluck party with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Make it a competition to see who can have the best repurposed leftover dish or turn the gathering into an annual board game tournament! This can be a fun time to reconnect with those close friends after the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you have any unique Thanksgiving holiday traditions that your family celebrates, the UCCU Financial Group would love to hear about them! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!  You can contact Steve Lloyd at 801.223.7502 to schedule a no-cost appointment with one of our representatives. We look forward to hearing from you!

Curtis Willardson, CFP, CLU, Dan Palmer & Travis Morgan are registered representatives offering securities and investment advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.  Dave Palmer is a registered representative offering securities through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.  Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. Registered address: 188 W River Park Dr, Provo, UT  84604
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Making the Holidays with UCCU

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UCCU is constantly looking for ways to usher in the spirit of the holidays and help spread the cheer! Read on for three of our favorite ways to celebrate this holiday season.

The Giving Tree
This holiday season, Utah Community Credit Union is sponsoring The Giving Tree, by United Way of Utah County. You will be able to stop by any of our locations and draw a name from the tree of a local family or kid who need your help to have a Christmas this year. “UCCU has been a proud sponsor of The Giving Tree for many years,” said Jeff Sermon, UCCU President. “It’s the perfect opportunity to give to those in need in our community and we’re grateful to everyone who participates.”

What better way to usher in the spirit of the holidays than by helping spread the cheer!

The Giving Tree is open to everyone and includes specific requests, making it easy to find the right gift for anyone you choose. UCCU will deliver the gifts to each recipient before Christmas Eve.

Be sure to keep an eye out for names on our Christmas trees!

Skip-A-Payment
Returning this holiday season, UCCU is proud to offer its members a chance to SKIP-A-PAYMENT. Our members are given the opportunity to skip a loan payment in either November, December 2016 or January 2017. Pay $25 per eligible skipped loan, then don’t worry about that month’s payment! It’s a great way to make shopping for the holidays easier, without any financial burdens.

Stop by any branch, or call 801-223-8188 to skip your payment today!

6.0% Credit Card
Don’t drag your feet anymore! UCCU’s 60th anniversary 6.0% credit card is only available until the end of this year. Stop by your local branch today to get take advantage of this great rate!

Visit uccu.com/visa for details!

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Saving for the Holidays

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With the holiday season fast approaching, it may be a good idea to assess your financial situation and plan a little bit ahead. By planning now and not waiting until the last minute, the holidays don’t have to be a … Continue reading

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The Giving Tree 2014

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As Christmas approaches, UCCU is proud to sponsor the Giving Tree, brought to you by United Way. UCCU has sponsored the Giving Tree for many years, helping hundreds of individuals and families in need. The Giving Tree program provides a way for whole communities to get involved in making sure that families in need can have Christmas presents for their children.

Each UCCU branch will provide a Giving Tree with names of local families and individuals who will benefit greatly from this program. GivingTreeCardTo participate in the Giving Tree, stop by any UCCU branch during the month of December to select a card with a person or family from the Giving Tree and tell a UCCU Employee which name you have taken.

Each card has information about the family, or individual–what they like, what size clothing and shoes they wear, and things they enjoy. You will then purchase gifts for your selected individual or family and bring the gifts back to the branch to be delivered.

Please return the gifts, unwrapped, to the UCCU branch you took the card from no later than Dec. 16th.

Join with UCCU and United Way in getting into spirit of giving this holiday season by participating in the Giving Tree!

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