Tag: thanksgiving

Scenes from a Thanksgiving Past

Three women sit at a bar height table in a suburban tavern. Chatting about imminent Thanksgiving preparations and exchanging sentiments of disbelief that Christmas and the end of 2012 are right around the corner. It’s been a year of adventures – a new pre-school for some and new home for one – they all agree: the only

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The Worst Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving was a whirlwind of low-level drama.  It started with the terrible weather on Wednesday and a slow, slick drive up to my parents’ place.  Thursday my daughter woke up in super-crank mode.  She was crying at nothing and everything, alternately refusing and demanding food, and wanting constantly to be held – but only

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A New Family Tradition for the Holidays: Black Friday/Post-Thanksgiving/Pre-Christmas Dinner

  This may come across as a mundane topic to many of you, but I was incredibly excited to put together an impromptu Thanksgiving feast for my family this year. I have never played host for my family on any major holiday. For the first time, I was beginning to feel a little sad about

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A Break With Tradition

My father-in-law passed away in March and this is our first Thanksgiving without him. Thanksgiving was “his” holiday.  He loved it above any other (although 4th of July was a close second).  When J and I became “serious” about each other and started spending holidays together, Thanksgiving went to his family and we spent Christmas

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Must We Shop on Thanksgiving?

The whole point of Thanksgiving is to reflect on what’s important – family, friends, a bountiful table, time to hang out and watch a parade, football game, or re-run of a favorite movie. It’s about re-kindling time honored family traditions and re-creating dysfunctional family dynamics. It’s a time to be thankful for what we have…not

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5 Reasons Why I Am Thankful To Be A Mom

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about all of the things I am most thankful for. Number one on that list is my children (shocker, I know). Although I could come up with an infinite number of reasons why I’m so thankful to be their mom, there

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Surviving the Holidays with Young Children

With Thanksgiving coming up in 1 short week, it is official: the holidays are upon us.  And with that, mothers everywhere are looking forward to peaceful, relaxing, days filled with nothing but pleasantries, delicious food, and good holiday cheer. Ha! [credit] More like wrestling overtired and highly sugared children out of their stained t-shirts and into something moderately presentable before schlepping

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