With a little tactical management and strategy, you can own this holiday (and every holiday thereafter) starting today.
The holiday season still makes me feel a little left out. It will always bring me back to the days when I was jealous of my friends who got to decorate trees, hang Christmas lights and joyously sing Christmas carols.
Hey, we tried. But try as we might to get the kids pumped about Chanukah the way they were about Christmas was just a joke.
They're baaack! The holidays can be stressful under the best of times, much less when menopausal hormones have you hot flashing, not sleeping and let's face it, overreacting to every little thing.
Our "no thank you," can be received as "I don't approve of your food," or "that is not good enough for me." Essentially, family can interpret you passing on a piece of pie as a form of personal rejection.
They make fine holiday gifts, of course, but more importantly, they serve as excellent liquid courage for you for the next month, whether you're dealing with the first slush of the year or you've gotten one too many cheesy photo cards from relatives you haven't thought about since you got their last cheesy card.
The good memories we create now will warm our hearts through the bitter winter, and the possibilities for creating such experiences throughout the year are only limited by our imaginations. This is the time to establish habits that enrich our lives, and the world, every single day.
With my adopted Jersey family, we exchanged seasonal customs and broke bread, fashioning our own semblance of Thanksgiving traditions.
Hosting a gathering with family or friends for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years?
Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue.
What did I believe in? It is still something I think about fairly often. If I had been raised strictly Jewish, what would be different about me and my outlook on the world?
This is the time of year that we think of others. We want the holidays to be memorable for those we love. Make it memorable for you as well. When you care for yourself, you'll enjoy the season without wishing for a quick ending.
This holiday season, your home doesn't have to be a war zone. You can win the war on stress. All it takes is a little planning. Here's to a peaceful, joyful holiday season.
If I enjoy where I am right now, my journey will be that much more exquisite. And as far as destination, there is none, really. As soon as we reach one milestone, we focus on new things that excite and inspire us.
President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."
Every American stands on the shoulders of courageous, hard-working ancestors who came here from another country, bringing their cultures with them. Each of us is justifiably proud of our culture and heritage, and we deserve to see them respected, if not honored.