As the holiday season approaches (ok, it's here), I'm always reminded of traditions. Everyone has them, even if your tradition is just spending time with family. There are several that we have adopted as a culture over time, so I thought I would highlight some of them.
Ah, it's that time of year again. You've spent money and time putting together the perfect Halloween costume. You've invested in food and drink for a spectacular party, pumpkins for carving, spooky decorations, and candy for the masquerading children of the neighborhood. Now that we've all gotten our sugar fix and visited a haunted house or two, it's time to think about Christmas, right?
I am looking forward to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it is one of the few times of the year when the whole family can get together and just relax and enjoy family time. My mother cooked Thanksgiving dinner for many years, but when 3 of her great grandchildren were age 2, she passed the Thanksgiving responsibility to me. I hosted the dinner for several years, which at times included just our family and other years included our family and a family of close friends.
As I look out my window this morning, it's a typicial November day. The sky is gray, and the sun is nowhere to be found. The temperature is probably in the 30s or 40s. It looks a lot like football weather outside! And I know that this week is Thanksgiving Day, which is my favorite holiday of the whole year (except for my birthday, of course!). I love getting together with family and friends, eating turkey, my mom's great stuffing, and watching football. It never gets old to me, and I think I could have Thanksgiving every 3 months instead of every 12 months.
As we sit down to eat dinner on Thanksgiving Day, we don’t stop to think about where our little dinner bird came from or facts about this bird. I found some fun facts about this famous Thanksgiving Day bird.
It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away. Are you heading out of town to visit family? Or, are you hosting the meal this year? Regardless of your plans, I am sure you are spending these last few hours before the holiday doing chores, making last minute grocery store runs, and plotting your Black Friday shopping trip.
If you are staying in the Kansas City area this year, consider getting out and about to enjoy one of these local events as part of your Thanksgiving plan.
"Aunt Linda Doesn't Eat WHAT?" And Other Holiday Cooking Fun
It's that time of year again: The Holidays. Thanksgiving is this week (!!!) and Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Saturnalia, and a whole bunch of other celebrations are right around the corner.
If your holidays go anything like mine, then you are probably cooking a huge family dinner or three. It's also at the last minute that you find out your meal for six is actually for 14, that your distant cousin Francis is now on a gluten-free raw Paleolithic diet, or that Uncle Joe has unfortunately developed diabetes. That's when I have to hit the books.
My issue is not that I don’t want to spend money on the holidays; it’s that I don’t have any money to spend in the first place. I’m a college student, and I follow the financial stereotype of my office to the letter. When the holidays roll around, it feels like I should eat something a little nicer than usual, but it seems silly to cook a huge meal for just myself. So, after some thinking and inspiration, I’ve come up with ways to make a holiday meal for one on a tight budget.
A Very Merry Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours!
As we all know, every family is unique in terms of relationships, beliefs, traditions, and celebrations. My family began combining Thanksgiving and Christmas together into one huge celebration about twenty years ago. We started this tradition because one of our siblings moved out of state, and we couldn’t bear to celebrate the holidays without them.