Topic: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Recaps On Facebook Make Me Wonder When I’ll Be An Adult

Thanksgiving Recaps On Facebook Make Me Wonder When I'll Be An Adult

I don’t have many friends that use their Facebook feeds to humblebrag about their Pinterest worthy crafts, even though I have some that legit could. Still, when I see friends cooking Thanksgiving dinners for their entire extended family, talking about brining and basting, setting real grown-up dining room tables with jacquard linens, I wonder what is wrong with me. When am I going to grow up? More »

TGI Thanksgiving Open Thread: Let’s Be Thankful And/Or Talk About How Crazy Our Families Are Driving Us

TGI Thanksgiving Open Thread: Let's Be Thankful And/Or Talk About How Crazy Our Families Are Driving Us

It’s Thanksgiving so maybe most of you will be away from your computers – happily enjoying time with your family. If that’s the case I am super glad for you and hope you are having a fantastic day. But maybe others of you are going bat-shit crazy dealing with your relatives. I thought I’d create a little safe space to vent. More »

STFU Parents: “30 Days Of Thankful” Updates: Sweet Or Sanctimonious?

STFU Parents: "30 Days Of Thankful" Updates: Sweet Or Sanctimonious?

For the past few years, a trend called “30 Day of Being Thankful” has emerged on social media during the month of November. Because I’m a general proponent of holiday cheer and expressions of gratitude, I try to stay open-minded about this month-long stint of status update sincerity. This isn’t easy considering how trite the status updates can be. Friends who might spend the majority of the rest of the year bitching about traffic or politics will suddenly take the time out to thank their children’s bus driver or reflect upon how much they love their kids’ sweet, smiling faces. More »

Holidays Are A Living Hell When You Don’t Get Along With A Relative

Holidays Are A Living Hell When You Don't Get Along With A Relative

He was your typical stubborn, old-school, Italian. Whatever the reasons were that we didn’t get along – and however much of it was his own fault – he would never admit to it. He much preferred the “intimidate into submission” route. I think my father intimidated everyone in the world but me. I was just too stubborn for his tactics to work; his large stature, silence and constant grimace did nothing but piss me off more. When his go-to tricks didn’t work – he would just flat-out ignore me. More »

I Regret Not Flying My Kids From New York To California For Thanksgiving With My In-Laws

 I Regret Not Flying My Kids From New York To California For Thanksgiving With My In-Laws

Traveling with two young children is never fun. There’s no way around that. But if you can brace yourself for the temporary (if not extended) pain of getting there, the benefits go far beyond the effort. Because when I hear my four year old tell me, months later, about the crazy thing that happened at Turkey Dinner, I know they are making memories. It’s sad to know they won’t be adding to those memories this year. More »