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December Holidays — 2023


The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival.

Abrham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863.

There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey”. They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids

This 158 acre park earned honors for the country’s top sculpture park featuring world class sculptures, children’s gardens, tropical conservatory, and artist collections.

Riding the Dunes

Silver Lake State Park in Mears, MI offers 450 acres of dunes for riding your own ORV or a rental. Open through October 31st.

Children’s Zoo

Experience entertainment including plays, national theater acts, concerts, sports, museums, exceptional restaurants (from BBS to fine dining) and a Children’s Zoo. All in Saginaw and Saginaw County (Frankenmuth and Birch Run are close by).

Everglades of Michigan

A Three-Hour Tour. Again, in Saginaw. But who knew it! Visit part of the largest watershed in the state. Go by yourself or maybe with a group (up to 10).

Rail Trail

Yep, again, in Saginaw. Visit the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail for an 11 mile ride on a 12 foot wide paved rail trail that runs from Saginaw to St. Charles. Bike through natural areas and cross over 7 restored railroad bridges over creeks, rivers and wetlands.

Caseville Cheers

Make plans. October 7th in Caseville is Patio Pour Brewfest. A Dog O Weenie Costume Contest with pups is October 22nd. The Witches Walk takes place on October 28th (a witch’s ball will be held at Thumb Brewery from 6:30 -10:00 pm. Holly Berry Weekend, a town holiday shopping event, is November 4 – 5. Thumb Brewery for craft brews is open 6 days a week – closes in November and reopens in February.

Marvelous Manistee

Discover Manistee, a 154-year-old port city with beaches, lighthouses, tours of preserved historic mansions, a 1.5 river walk, a newly restored theatre featuring first-run flicks along with 25 cent matinees, and so much more.

How To Allergy Proof Your Apartment

According to the Detroit Free Press, a milder winter and an earlier spring has made this year’s allergy season even worse than usual — and many of us are feeling the impact.  While we can’t control the elements outside, we...

How to Decorate Your New Apartment

Create a luxurious ambiance in your apartment! Elegance should be within reach. However, giving a whole room a facelift can become expensive, even for those skilled in finding bargains. Begin by incorporating small, opulent touches. Subtle...

Moving Tips

There are two schools of thought around moving: It can be an exciting time for a change, or one of the most stressful experiences in existence. It could be some combination of the two. No matter how you feel about moving, leveraging a thoughtful plan and using the following strategic tips can help moving day – and the days before and after – run much smoother.


For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during...

Simple Guidelines to Hanging Art

How to start: For a bare wall, or one without big furniture in front of it. It all starts at the center: To thoroughly enjoy your art, place it at eye level to avoid strain. The art’s focal point should be around 57 inches from the...

Kaftan Kares

Kaftan Kares   Stay Healthy this Flu Season by Getting Your   FREE FLU SHOT   Kaftan Communities is again partnering with Walgreens Pharmacy this flu season to promote...

School Supplies Drive

Our Kaftan Kares Team organized a school supplies drive with Brilliant Detroit and provided students with the resources required for the upcoming school year. Brilliant Detroit prepared backpacks full of supplies that were distributed throughout...

Top Restaurants in Troy, MI - Perfect for Residents

Troy, MI, has been voted as one of the best small towns in America - and not only because of its top-ranked schools, high quality of life, and affordability! Located at the heart of Metro Detroit’s northern suburbs, the town offers endless...

Must-Have Qualities in an Affordable Apartment

Given the recent spike in real estate prices, more people are looking for affordable apartments. They want to live in accommodation that doesn’t consume a large chunk of their monthly budget. There’s just one catch: finding an affordable...

Guide to Renting a Luxury Apartment

There are plenty of people in the world that would just love to rent a luxury apartment. Perhaps they enjoy the idea of having security at the front desk, or maybe they want to live in a tall apartment with beautiful views of the rest of the city....

The Benefits of Plants

Interior decorators and designers alike can agree that plants make for good accents to any interior layout. Indoor plants can help you feel good while brightening up your space. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of houseplants and a few...

Start Your Plan with this Apartment Move-In Timeline

The search for an apartment can be difficult whether it is your first or your 10th time finding a new place. There are many parts of the process that vary, but we can get you started with some key moments along your apartment shopping timeline. Use...

Storage Tips to Maximize Your Apartment Space

Efficiently using your space in any home means being able to have more items. The most comfortable residents in apartment communities are those who can manage their space well; finding a place for everything and doing it with style. Read on to...
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