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Family Holidays

The Cold Shoulder At Christmas: Family Holidays With A Transgender Daughter

Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III

When Nicole decided to become her authentic self, I was startled and unsure -- but time, education and counseling have made our parent/child relationship stronger than ever. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our extended family.

Counting Down To End Of The World?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Despite the skepticism from the 'real' adults in the family, after watching the 'End of the World' documentary, we made a family pact. Wherever we were, whatever we were doing, whatever our plans, on 12/21/12 we would be together in a place that meant something to all of us.

Taking Stock of a Loved One's Health Over the Holidays

Sean Kell | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty
Sean Kell

While this is a time for reconnecting and sharing special moments, it's also a time when issues related to aging and health come to the forefront as family members recognize a change in the wellness and safety of their loved ones.

Holidays With the Family

Christine Eads | Posted 02.16.2013 | Women
Christine Eads

This holiday season, look around your table and give thanks to those you chose to be your family. Your wonderful, loving family, diverse and dysfunctional though it may be.

Same-Sex Marriage And Being 'Normal'

Glenda Corwin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Glenda Corwin

Thinking about why marriage equality matters leads to thoughts about why it's so important to be "normal." Yes, the cases before the Supreme Court are about equal rights under the law, about claiming the same rights as our heterosexual cohorts, but there's something about being normal.

The Holidays: Don't Let Them Win

Arden Phillips | Posted 12.06.2012 | Comedy
Arden Phillips

As exciting as the holidays are, there's no denying that joy and laughter are not the only things the season brings. Following are a few holiday traps I'd like to bring to the table, in hope that people will be able to identify and avoid them early on.

Trim Your Christmas 'Three': A Crucial Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Just like abstaining from carbs will trim your waist in two weeks, trimming three from your family relationships will decrease your load of "dirty laundry" in the same amount of time. Keep it up between now and New Year's Day, and you'll coast through the holidays like Santa on a sleigh.

The Last Supper (No, Not That One)

Al DeLuise | Posted 01.26.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I was an adopted loaf of white bread in a family of exquisite pastries.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.

Handling Family Drama Over The Holidays, From Dr. Gail Saltz

Posted 12.07.2015 | Home

It's not always smooth sailing when it comes to holidays and those relatives we don't get along with. Dr. Gail Saltz joined me on Mondays With Marlo, ...

Handling Difficult Relationships This Holiday Season

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

One potential solution to transforming the holidays from stressful to joyful is the application of identified communication skills that have been researched and shown to facilitate changing difficult relationships.

Passing The Turkey And The Torch: What To Look For When You Go Home For The Holidays

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 12.25.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Holidays can be incredibly stressful. In the midst of all the activity and eating, they can also provide an opportunity to observe our parents as they age.

My Big, Gay Kinky, Universal Unitarian Christmas Spectacular! (PHOTOS)

Amy Shiner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Shiner

After joining the Universal Unitarian Church this past year, one of the major questions for me was, "What is my holiday going to look like, with my Catholic background meshed with my own beliefs?"

Families: The Possibility of Grace This Holiday Season

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

A mom and her 17-year-old son hugged and couldn't let go. Tears were streaming down both their faces. They had been estranged from each other the past two years and came to see me because they wanted to reconnect.

Lights, Presents, Sugar... Action! Minimizing Holiday Overload, Maximizing Holiday Family Fun

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

The countdown has begun, for young and old. This is one of my most favorite times of the year, except for one thing: Christmas Day starts too early in the Dr. Gwenn house.

5 Awkward Scenarios To Look Forward To This Holiday

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.14.2011 | Women

Think of the holidays as a time when good manners pay off: Tear open a package containing a brown macrame poinsettia and have the grace to say, "Thank...

10 Tips to Surviving Holiday Gatherings with the Family

Janet Taylor, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2012 | Black Voices
Janet Taylor, M.D.

Let's face it, there are times when holiday gatherings are not fun and joyous but remind you of how dysfunctional your family actually is. If you find yourself thinking... "Am I the only one who feels like there is something seriously wrong with these folks?" then try these tips.

7 Holiday Stress Busters for Kids

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it can also be a stressful time -- particularly in families facing financial challenges, in split or blended families, and in families where a loved one has recently passed away.

Why It’s Better To Be Alone For The Holidays 

OWN | Posted 03.09.2015 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff When the holiday started feeling more like a duty than a delight, Katie Arnold-Ratliff and her husband decided to celebrate...

Holiday Cards: The Good, The Bad And The Awkward

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.01.2012 | Parents

Oh, the holidays. That, big chunk of time between November and January that seems to far too long, but sneaks up on us every single year. We struggle ...

Whose Halloween is it?

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 12.25.2011 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

I admit that Halloween is kind of a strange holiday. Go out on the street at night; talk to strangers; accept candy (or anything!) from strangers; eat candy...and lots of it. But Halloween is one of the joys of childhood because of all that.

My Wife and I Now Spend the Holidays Together... And We Like It That Way, Too

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

My last post on the holidays made me feel guilty for a bit of writerly withholding to the readers. I apologize. I wasn't entirely forthcoming.

My Wife And I Spend The Holidays Apart... And We Like It That Way

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

For ten years running, we've spent the holidays apart. And it's not just Christmas. We usually go our separate ways for Thanksgiving, too.

Prime Time for Families

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

Research has shown that the holidays are the richest opportunities we have for performing family rituals. These family experiences are master keys to making our families, our children and ourselves more resilient.

A Seder and Easter in 6 Words

Deborah Jiang-Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Jiang-Stein

Can every Resurrection Sunday prayer be condensed into one meaningful six-word sentence? If so, what would it be? (I won't venture there, since I don't know them all.)