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North River Ranch is where new holiday traditions begin

November 18th, 2020 • 3 min read

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With so much being redefined during these unprecedented times, why not also apply a little creativity to family holiday traditions? It’s actually more of a necessity than a question, considering the current challenges of travel, large group gatherings and other activities. We’re not saying you should forget about roasting chestnuts, of course. Just that maybe there are ways to enjoy the holidays you haven’t thought of before. After all, would you really want to go Christmas caroling wearing a mask? Or open your front door to a group of singing strangers?

After you decide which traditions are as appropriate this year as they were last, consider a few alternative options for ending 2020 in a new, one-of-a-kind fashion.

Let’s jump ahead to caroling, in case you thought we were nixing the idea. Do you or your family members use email? Do you have smartphones or a video camera? Voilà… you can go caroling! Email your friends and loved ones an invite, with a link to open on the day and time you specify. When they click it, there you all are – on the couch or in front of the tree or wherever you like, singing your favorite tune as beautifully or humorously as it comes out. Recipients will love it. And who knows? By the time you get through your list, your family might sound like the Monteverdi Choir. You can also choose to send a recording of your best clip if performing live isn’t your gig.

What about the quickly approaching Thanksgiving holiday? Must a weekend full of food, football, and way too much pie be any less fun? Absolutely not! Chew on this tradition: the virtual, progressive Thanksgiving dinner feast. Appetizers with one family or group of friends, the main course with another, dessert with a third and maybe a final group toast with everyone. With some scheduling, collaboration, and technology, this one could turn into a yearly event.

The possibilities are endless. Virtual tree lighting party? Gift openings? New Year’s countdown? (Hurry, 2021, hurry!) We could go on, but we believe brainstorming the options will be as much fun for your family as bringing them to life. So put on your thinking caps, and rest assured North River Ranch, a new home community, is the perfect backdrop in North Manatee county for whatever you come up with.

Thanks to SuperStream, the technology you’ll need is a breeze. SuperStream’s 100% fiber-optic network provides access to one gigabit of coverage at home and throughout the community. There’s no distance or location to break your connections, which means uploads, downloads and traditions don’t get held up. There’s also Brightwood Pavilion, offering plenty of space for new memories and even a fire pit to gather around and share what you’re grateful for.

A new home can make old traditions alive again. Our new homebuilders, Centex, KB Home, Homes by WestBay, David Weekley Homes, Park Square Homes and Neal Communities offer a wide selection of high-tech, energy-efficient new single-family homes, and townhomes at North River Ranch.

No matter your traditions, it’s the value of spending time together and being at home that really counts. This year, North River Ranch hopes and invites you to do just that.

About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit