Sometimes it seems that mother-in-laws were put on the planet for the sole purpose of driving brides crazy.
Thanksgiving is a meaningful time for many families across the country. It's a time to reflect on, and to give thanks for, life's bountiful gifts. Along with empathy, understanding the importance of expressing gratitude is something that you can actually teach your child, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.
Lately, I have been overwhelmed by the stubborn impenitence of serious disease. How it seems to strike friends and family powerfully and at random. Lives are forever changed. That could have happened to our family today. For some reason, we were spared. For that, I was thankful.
If our everyday lives are hectic, then the holidays are doubly so. How many times have you stayed up late cleaning, packing or worse -- driving through the night to get to your destination to "start your vacation?"
Medical bills were mounting. Kids needed glasses, cars needed repairs, and the dog needed surgery. On top of that, Christmas was almost upon us so presents needed to be purchased.
By far the greatest gift I have received in my life has been that of getting a second chance to live when only death seemed imminent, and it is something that I know I will be eternally grateful for.
When it comes to holidays and birthdays, it's not about buying more, it's about buying smart.
If you eat well and are active generally throughout the year, you will be healthier and leaner than those who are not. If that pattern persists over the holidays, or picks up again after, you will find in it pretty effective immunity against holiday-related health hazards. Build good health year round, and let the good times roll when the holidays roll around.
A good babysitter is always worth her weight in gold, but never more so than during the busy holiday season.
Most Thanksgiving dinners I've attended, whether in my childhood or as a guest in adulthood, have included that awkward and anxiety-producing preface, whereby each attendant is asked to offer publicly what he or she is thankful for.
The best and probably most important action item on my personal happiness list was learning how to fully accept and trust in my journey. When I finally did that, everything clicked into place.
Family and friends are pretty good, too, but I'm pretty sure we need to make sure you have your viewing schedule lined up for all those free hours in between meals.
We've all seen it on the internet, in television and probably on the radio. Black Friday shoppers are made to look like selfish idiots. I just want to take a moment though to explain why Black Friday shoppers are not villains.
Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday with amazing food and a chance to make amazing memories with our amazing families... in theory.
It's natural to crave heavier and warming foods this time of year. Combine letting loose at family gatherings with your body's inclination towards warming comfort foods and you've got yourself a recipe for overeating.