Wow! what a year! It is November 2020 and is almost gone.
by the time you read this, it may not be November anymore, but the principal and the moral of this story still the same.
The holidays can be a difficult time to endure in normal circumstances. Between the global pandemic, harsh political climate, and the continuation of racial injustice towards minorities and indigenous peoples, the holidays might seem unbearable and not worth going through this year. I want to encourage you that, if you’re feeling this way, you are not alone and you are not crazy. Here are five things you can try to help you get through the season without sacrificing your health.
Hand-me downs were my friend. There was nothing wrong with that because at five years old I new my parents couldn't afford brand new clothes and toys. Fortunately, I was a child that appreciated everything and asked for nothing. I grew up that way of being nice, but, maybe I was a little too nice.
While this additional time spent together was a welcome treat for many who would have otherwise never have got the chance, for some it was pressure on an already strained relationship.
With Thanksgiving nearing and covid-19 cases rising, families have been faced with the difficult decision- to eat delicious foods and socialize with family or skip the annual holiday traditions. With all 50 states having different regulations, travel been shunned, and potential stubborn high-risk family members who will attend- people are considering another option for their holiday get together- virtual meetings!
This year, as we slide in to Thanksgiving and reflect on both the joys and hardships of the last year, the one thing I am thankful for above all else is the health and well being of my friends and family. This year has been an unexpectedly difficult one for nearly the entire world (though video conferencing companies and hand sanitizing manufacturers have seen growth they could not even imagine in 2019) and people are ready for a reprieve from the realities of living in a pandemic. The visions of roast turkey with gravy and sticky pecan pie have danced in people's heads since they threw out their rotting jack-o-lanterns (in mine for much longer as I am all about the Thanksgiving spread). People are thankful for their health and their family and that they have made it through the pandemic so far, but are still worried about the future and just want to share the sacrament that is Thanksgiving with family and friends and feel a connection with what is normal for a few hours. Unfortunately, many cities and states have put limitations and restrictions, if not outright bans, on multi-family gatherings in advance of Thanksgiving and greatly restrict holiday travel, requesting quarantining for those that travel. Health experts advise limiting travel and gathering sizes, even in places without their own restrictions, especially in regards to out of town and out of state visitors.
Finding a way to please every single one of your family and friends doesn't have to be hard this year. In fact, you should be closer to your family after all the lock-downs and house arrests. It doesn't matter who you are, I suggest finding gifts that are usable under house arrests and don't require a lot of work, extra parts, or large parties.
Thanksgiving is such a special holiday, it's a day dedicated to spending time with your loved ones. There’s no commercialism in thanksgiving like other festivals, it's solely meant to be a time to get together with your family and enjoy. Gratitude, thankfulness, and spending time with family are the most important meanings of thanksgiving.
Opening a can of spam has always been my biggest fear. I felt like if I opened it, the aluminum lid would slice my fingers open. Then my fingers would never stop bleeding, I’d need to go to the hospital, and I’d have a disfigured hand without fingers for the rest of my life.
5 Fun Winter Activities to Do With Your Kids
With the arrival of winter comes fun in the snow, built-in excuses for getting cozy, and a host of other opportunities for family togetherness. Here are five fun winter activities that you can do with your kids to make the most out of this special season.
Eat away from your family if you genuinely want to enjoy the habit of eating.
It doesn’t matter if you come from an abusive, constantly angry family like I do or not. If you genuinely value yourself, you will learn to walk away from most instances of hostility, anger, and any type of negative emotion. It is best to practice this alone time if you are eating and you know your partner, roommates, and/or family tends to be angry during the act of eating. Just one word and behavior can bring an entire house’s atmosphere down.
Winsley the Two-Headed Monkey
By Rev. Dana Bassinger
Chapter 1: A lesson learned.
Winsley is a monkey born in a zoo, a little creature standing just under a foot tall. His fur is dark brown with golden markings like his mother and most of the other monkeys in his exhibit. One thing however, set him apart from the others. It was the fact he was born with two heads.