How quickly summers fade away.
But with the exit of warmer temperatures comes the cherished holiday season - full of beautiful colors, time for family and friends, and food - oh, so… so much food.
While it might seem like a blur between nursing a candy-hangover on November 1st and cutting the turkey on Thanksgiving, there is plenty to celebrate for you, your residents and your community. So with that in mind, we’ve once again pulled together a number of dates on the calendar to bring your community closer together ahead of this month’s turkey day.
And as always, be sure to check out our full calendar of resident event ideas in the link below - and check back next month for our final resident inspiration calendar of 2018!
November 4: Daylight Saving Time Ends
As I’m sure to the delight of many, most residents across the country will be welcomed with an additional hour in their day with the end of Daylight Saving Time. But with the extra hour of sleep often comes the chance of arriving an hour early to gatherings those first few days, as non-automated clocks are forgotten to be turned back.
Try out the new Mobile Doorman message scheduling feature to automatically send a friendly push notification reminder to residents on Saturday or Sunday about turning back the clocks on the built-in appliances within each unit that could be easily forgotten (ovens, microwaves, etc.)
November 5: National Donut Day (yes, there’s a second one)
Okay, to start off, we have to address the elephant in the room: Wasn’t there another National Donut Day back in June?
According to the Huffington Post, the summertime National Donut Day is one of the more legitimate food holidays out there. It was established by the Salvation Army way back in 1938 to honor the Dough Lassies, female volunteers who made donuts for soldiers serving overseas as a way to boost morale. But while the June holiday seems to have a sweet backstory, its November little-sibling has more-fabricated roots, thanks to national food councils as a way to sell goods.
As avid donut-lovers ourselves, we sure don’t mind the double-down. Furthermore, we like to think this day doesn’t fall the day after Daylight Savings by coincidence. With the likelihood that a few of your office-mates might arrive to work an hour early the first Monday back from the time-change, what better time to make a pitstop on the way into the office that day to grab donuts for the office - or better yet, building community?
November 19: Thanksgiving Week
It wouldn’t be a November holiday list without Turkey Day, of course. While most residents might be out of town visiting family during this week, many residents will be around during the holiday week or hosting festivities at their apartment. Ensure residents who are sticking around for the week are well-prepared while the leasing office is closed by sending out proactive messages during the week regarding flex holiday hours for the leasing offices and ways to reserve common areas for any friendsgivings that might take place that Thursday.
November 24: Small Business Saturday
Everyone knows Black Friday (or Black Thursday, as shopping hours continue to tick into Thanksgiving Day), but while the big box retailers and online shopping giants will predictably receive traffic on Friday and Monday, Small Business Saturday shines a light on the smaller shops and restaurants located throughout your community.
During one of your lunch hours this month, stop in a few nearby smaller shops around your apartment community to ask what types of deals and hours they’re offering that Saturday and circulate to your residents. Or, better yet, you can use this form to sign them up as a partner within your building app’s Resident Perks section.
November 27: Giving Tuesday
Lastly, we can’t forget to mention this year’s Giving Tuesday. After almost a full week of gobbling up food and deals, Giving Tuesday is a much-needed reminder of the ways we can all give back to those less-fortunate this holiday season.
One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Check out www.GivingTuesday.org leading up to the big day, where they’ve created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community that your building can get involved with the week after Thanksgiving.