Creating Traditions in Your New Home

For many of you that have settled into a new home or started a family this year, you may be looking to start some new traditions with your family. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve compiled a few ideas to inspire:

  1. Host a food pantry drive and ask everyone to bring a non-perishable food item.
  2. Ease into the day and spend a little quiet time with yourself before the family arrives.
  3. Set up a puzzle or board game station to keep the children busy while the adults are preparing the meal.
  4. Create a signature Thanksgiving drink (and non-alcoholic version so the kids can be included), such as hot apple cider and rum punch.
  5. Have everyone write the things they’re grateful for on a butcher paper tablecloth or on a large pumpkin that’s been painted white, or have them hang a note of gratitude on a “thankful tree.”
  6. Take a moment to remember your loved ones who have passed.
  7. Have the kids serve dessert.
  8. Take a family walk after dinner.



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About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

2018 — 2019   Senior Ride Nashville


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