How we’ll be celebrating Christmas this year

How the staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville will celebrate the holidays

Although the staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville is pretty diverse and we come from a variety of different cultures and traditions, we all celebrate Christmas during the holiday season. Since we won’t be in the office over the weekend of the 24th and 25th, we wanted to share about what we’ll be doing over our holiday break!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's Quality Control Manager loves boiled custard around the holidays.While most of our team members relax at home for the holidays, our Quality Control Manager makes it a point to go out of town each year for Christmas with his wife. Keith spends Christmas Eve with his whole family to drink boiled custard and exchange gifts, then takes a mini-vacation to enjoy nature. Some of his recent trips have taken him as close to home as Gatlinburg and as far away as St. Petersburg, Florida.

Our Sales Representative Marc usually spends the Christmas season with his Hispanic family. In his family, Christmas Eve is just as important as Christmas Day, so they have huge feasts with the whole family on both nights. They eat lechon, a dish similar to American pulled pork, and all kinds of side dishes similar to traditional Thanksgiving food. Marc also loves spending time with his friends and family because they play tons of music throughout their parties.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's sales representative Zach enjoys Laotian cuisine such as pho on ChristmasAnother one of our Sales Representatives, Zach, gets to enjoy multicultural festivities as well! One of his uncles was born in Laos, and he brings his whole family, plus some Laotian cuisine, to their annual get-together. Zach and his family spend Christmas Eve with another aunt and uncle, then spend Christmas Day with his cousins, and have one more day of celebration with his grandparents. In addition to enjoying piles of food and plenty of jokes, Zach and his siblings also make a tradition of watching the Die Hard series every year.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville staff wearing their Ugly Christmas Sweaters!But before we each celebrate the season with our own traditions, we bring our whole office together for our annual Christmas Party! Our office has been decked out in holiday cards and ornaments for weeks now, but this year we’re also competing in a Cardboard Tree Craft-Off to see who can turn an old moving box into the best Christmas tree! We’ll also be breaking out our ugly Christmas sweaters and some fun gag gifts for this year’s Dirty Santa gift exchange. Plus, an office party wouldn’t be complete with some sugary Christmas cookies.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville at the 2016 Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade

From all of us at TWO MEN Nashville, we wish you a happy holiday season with your loved ones! If you would like some help rearranging your furniture or putting away the holiday decorations after your parties are over, please give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free moving quote!

7 Books for Kids Who Are Moving

seven books about moving for kids

As Nashville’s professional movers, we know it can be really tough on young children when their family is getting ready to move to a new town.  They may have to get ready to leave their first friends, their school community, their church group, and any sports or scouts groups they’re a part of.  But, as you know, moving on doesn’t have to be scary–it can be exciting!

Our company is super dedicated to supporting a non-profit in Nashville called Book’em because this organization provides free books to local children living in poverty.  As part of our partnership with Book’em, we regularly visit classes at Dodson Elementary and Park Avenue Elementary to read books before we give brand new books away to their students.  This semester, we decided to read some books to the kids about moving, and now we want to share our favorites with you!

Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff

Books about moving for childrenLet’s just skip straight to one of children’s biggest fears that accompanies a big move: how will they make friends in their new town?  This is a great book for new readers.  Each page has big pictures with easy-to-read character expressions, and only one or two sentences per page turn.  Freddy, the little boy in the story, first gets acquainted with his new town and the grown-ups who he’ll interact with on a regular basis.  Then he tries to make friends with some other kids who are playing together.  When they won’t immediately accept him into their group, Freddy decides to play by himself in the same playground as the other children.  The children end up begging him to join their games after they see how much fun he’s having!

Bella and Stella Come Home by Anika Denise and Christopher Denise

Books about moving for kidsThis heartwarming story is great for newer readers who want to read to you, or for young children who may just want to hear you read aloud to them.  Bella and her stuffed elephant Stella explore their new home together.  Searching the house room-by-room, Bella and Stella recognize that they’ll be leaving behind some of the favorite parts of their old life, but will also be keeping the most important parts of home.  At the end, they even make friends with the next door neighbor and his stuffed giraffe.  One of the fun parts of this book is the pictures; Anika and Christopher Denise really capture the childlike perspective of Bella by turning Stella into a real elephant friend–not just a lifeless stuffed animal.

Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Good Move by Cynthia Ryland (Pictures by Suzie Stevenson)

Books about moving for kidsWe love this charming book from the well-known “Henry and Mudge” series!  Great for first and second grade readers, this book offers a different perspective on moving which encourages kids to think outside of their often egocentric world.  Instead of having Henry and his dog move, author Cynthia Rylant tells the story of how Henry encourages his anxious cousin Annie through her move to a new neighborhood.  Henry not only calms her nervousness on Moving Day by teaching her a coping trick, but also goes the extra mile to bring her treats and even have her family’s professional mover reassure her that he’ll take good care of her favorite belongings.

The Moogees Move House by Leslie McGuirk

Moving books for kidsThis Dr. Seuss-esque story is a very fun one to read aloud or “popcorn read” with your child.  A family of “moogees” go on an adventure around town with a real estate agent, looking at house after house for their new dream home.  While the mom and dad moogees find something wrong with each house, the moogee children chime in with the same silly chorus after each showing: “Waa waa moogee doogee wee wee low lum!”  (When our marketer Jenni read it to her Book’em class of first graders, they all cracked up hysterically after each home.)  The family finally does find their dream home, but the story ends by reminding readers that the most important part of a home is the family living inside of it.

Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst (Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser)

books about moving for kidsFor parents of more strong-willed children who are especially concerned about the challenges that come with moving, this Judith Viorst book is wonderful.  Beware of the higher reading level of this book, as it may be best for a read-aloud session.  The familiar character of Alexander has a tough time accepting that he needs to pack his belongings, visit his favorite places for the last time, and say goodbye to his favorite people before his family moves across the country.  He finally becomes reassured that the move won’t be disastrous, as his loving parents and brothers do their best to make Alexander feel comfortable in his new home.

Arto’s Big Move by Monica Arnaldo

books about moving for kidsAnother great read-aloud for children who are especially apprehensive about Moving Day is this story from Monica Arnaldo.  Arto, a northerner, is having to move south because of a temporary job relocation for his mom.  In an act of stubbornness, Arto refuses to wear anything less than a sweater, winter coat, winter socks, boots, and a knit hat…even though it’s very warm in the south.  However, after he meets a classmate who frequently moves because of her mom’s job, Arto begins to open up to the idea of meeting new friends and enjoying the new scenery of the south.  When Arto’s mom is ready to move back up north again at the end of her temporary relocation assignment, Arto is much more relaxed about the prospect of moving.

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

books about moving for kidsAny good children’s book list must include an Eric Carle book!  In this classic story, the main character Hermit Crab needs to find a new home because his old shell has become too small.  At first, Hermit Crab’s new, larger shell isn’t very home-y.  But when Hermit Crab explores the ocean, he starts making new friends and picking up “decorations,” such as a sprig of coral reef and a sea urchin.  He has his home perfectly decorated and full of friends just as he realizes he needs to find yet another new, bigger shell.  This symbolic story teaches children the positive side of change and encourages readers to find their own treasures in their new state of life.

Our favorite thing about all of these books is that they’re all available at the Nashville Public Library!  Nashville’s library has branches located all over the Greater Nashville region, and you can reserve whichever books you want through their online database, to be picked up at the most convenient branch to you.  Have fun reading, Nashville!

Is your family getting ready to move?  Give us a call or text us at (615) 248-6288 for a free moving quote from the Movers Who Care.  Or visit us online by clicking here!

Quick-and-Easy Cardboard Holiday Crafts

Five easy holiday crafts made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

One of the best parts about this time of year is the anticipation of our big celebrations… While we wait for the party to begin, we can bake cookies, decorate the house, and get crafty! Since we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK always have access to tons of moving boxes, we wanted to show you how to DIY some easy crafts with old cardboard you may have lying around your house. Also, all of these crafts are kid-friendly! (*Just be sure there’s an adult around to monitor any hot glue gun or crafting knife usage.)

Holiday Wreaths

Make a Christmas wreath out of an old moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCKMake a unique wreath in fifteen minutes with an old moving box!  Here’s what you’ll need:

A moving box
Craft/scrapbooking paper
Glue stick and scissors
Hole puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

To make your holiday wreath, you’ll first need to trace two concentric circles onto the side of your flattened box. We used a plate and a bowl to trace our circles. Then cut out your wreath frame with a crafting knife.

Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, or any other seasonal shape you like from your craft paper! Then glue your paper shapes around your cardboard wreath frame. Once your wreath is decorated, just punch a hole to string your ribbon, and presto! You have a unique, handmade wreath!

Personalized Gift Tags

Make special Christmas gift tags out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxesOne great part about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s moving boxes is that they’re white–perfect as a blank canvas! Here’s what you’ll need to make some special name tags for your presents this year:

A moving box
Paint and paintbrush
Hole Puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

Simply trace your favorite holiday shapes onto clean, white parts of your moving box. Use your crafting knife to cut along the traced edges, and use paint to customize your name tags! You can use any type of marker to write the names of your gift recipients, as well as thoughtful notes to go along with your presents.

Holiday Card Display

Make a DIY Christmas card holder out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxInstead of having your holiday cards cover your refrigerator this year, why not display them in your entryway or living room? Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:

A large moving box
Ribbon
Mini clothespins
Felt (we used the kind with adhesive on the back)
Scissors
Hot glue gun*
Crafting knife*

Use your crafting knife to cut out fun holiday shape from your moving box. (If you’re creatively challenged like us, you can simply cut out a tall triangle with a rectangle at the bottom for a simple tree shape.) The apply your colored felt to the front of your tree or other shape and use scissors to trim the edges that hang off the sides.

Carefully wrap your ribbon around your cardboard tree, gluing it to the back of your box to hold it in place. Be careful not to wrap the ribbon too loosely, or your cards will weigh down the strand and cause it to sag in front. You can also glue an extra loop of ribbon to the back if you’d like to hang your tree from a wall! Then use your mini clothespins to hang your cards along the ribbon in front.

Modern Trees

Make a DIY Christmas display out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis one is especially fun for kids because of the lights involved! It’s another super easy display to create even for the craft-challenged. Here’s what you’ll need:

A couple moving boxes
Pencil/pen
String of Christmas lights
Crafting knife*

First, cut large, tall triangles out of your moving boxes. To create a piece with two dimensions and some visual contrast, we used the front and back of our boxes to create both brown and white trees.

Then have your child (or you!) poke some holes into the boxes with your pencil tip. Be sure to poke these from the “back” of the triangles so the lights will fit in easier. Then just push the tiny bulbs into each hole and set your trees against the wall you want to decorate. If you want to embellish your display, you can purchase some small greenery or other knick knacks to go along with your cardboard forest.

Versatile Garland

Make some holiday garland strings out of old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis garland can be used in place of tinsel along your tree, hung from your holiday mantel, or used to add some DIY flair to your table centerpiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Leftover cardboard scraps from the other crafts above
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Paint, sequins, or glitter glue
Crafting knife*

First, trace out the holiday shapes you want to include in your garland from your moving box pieces. You can trace holiday cookie cutters or just images you’ve printed from your computer. Carefully cut these out with your crafting knife.

Next, decorate your cut-outs in any way you please! You can make them colorful and fancy or keep them simple and classy. When you’re done decorating, use your hole puncher to help string your favorite ribbon through each piece.  Hang wherever you like in your house!


 

We hope you’ll have fun with these holiday crafts! If you need any moving (or crafting!) supplies, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for help with your move or craft session. We even offer free delivery when you order $50 or more in moving supplies!