Here are seven things I will surely not be doing during the most wonderful time of the year. Won't you not join me?
Nothing ruins the fun on Christmas morning like having to pry a new gift out of your kid's hands because you think it's inappropriate. Remember that not everyone is in tune with what your kids are interested in, what's appropriate for their age or what your family rules are around media.
Not everyone is as savvy on pretend consumer holidays and actual holidays as pretentious bloggers are, and I'm just pretentious enough to be your guide through the season.
I have discovered some great books that cover a lot of gift-giving ground. If you're searching for ideas, consider these six gift categories as you brainstorm.
'Tis the season for eliminating guilt by spending gelt to alleviate the feelings that you may not have taken care of your loved ones like you thought you should have during the year.
Let's make the holidays stress-free.
Christmas can be Christmas without ham and without hurt feelings. "We can put aside our political differences, our problems and our baggage and we can be in the moment with the food," says O'Donnel. "There's something pretty powerful about that."
You have been dying to see your teenage college freshman and have been planning for weeks for their arrival home from their first few months of college. Well, let me tell you that you are in for some surprises.
One could say that we have created a false myth about both holidays. We decided that religious freedom is something we hold sacred and have chosen to celebrate through both of these holidays.
Holidays can be stressful for everyone, but for children of divorced or separated parents, the holidays can be especially challenging.
Thanksgiving has not always been celebrated in the ways that we celebrate it today. Such creativity is not only an American phenomenon, but a Jewish one as well.
The holidays are stressful enough for many of us, but tack on travel and it amps it up that much more. One of the things that can help us shift out of our stress and anxiety is to become present, get outside of our heads and widen our perspective.
Remember that the holidays are primarily there to reconnect with family and friends and to celebrate good times. Enjoying delicious food is certainly part of that, but it shouldn't be the main focus.
We've come up with a list of alternative bedroom activities to put you in the holiday spirit!
Yalda celebrates rebirth in the midst of winter's death, the victory of light over darkness, a victory on the very day in the calendar when at last light will once again begin a steady gain on darkness.
Every year I spend one night of Hanukkah with my grandmother, who is 89 years old. And every year it seems that I manage to leave this poor woman in tears.