Tag: Thanksgiving

Giving thanks after Thanksgiving

Giving thanks after Thanksgiving
This year has been a blatant reminder of how quickly things can be taken away from us such as people in Puerto Rico who are still without electricity or transgender people in the military facing uncertainty about being able to keep their jobs. It is so important to appreciate what we have because we may not... Read more »

Why must Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas be close together?

My Halloween preparations began in mid-September, although I’d been thinking about it for longer. That’s when I started finding pieces for my daughter’s Princess in Black costume, deciding on my own costume, and trying to find the best deal on a Boba Fett costume for my son. I also bought some new Halloween decorations and... Read more »

On Thanksgiving a lady ate lots of pie (perhaps she'll die)

I wrote a Thanksgiving poem based on the children’s song “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.” It is a cautionary tale. On Thanksgiving a lady ate lots of pie. I don’t know why she ate lots of pie. She feels like she’ll die. On Thanksgiving a lady ate too much bread. She... Read more »
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10 ways to get the most out of Black Friday

10 ways to get the most out of Black Friday
I was a Black Friday shopper for many years. I’d get up early (but not doorbustingly early) then revel in the hustle-bustle of the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Oh, and I’d buy a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff. Then I realized that I wouldn’t have bought many of the things... Read more »

I don't care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner

I don't care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner
Most of the time I try. I try to feed my children a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. I try to feed my children a variety of foods. I try to limit sugar. I try and often fail, but I try. But I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner. I... Read more »

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day
This post is adapted from something I wrote years ago for a now long abandoned blog, but in spirit of a busy holiday season in which the best way to maintain one’s sanity is to cut a few corners, I am unapologetically recycling much of it. For all the fuss I make about Halloween and... Read more »
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Green Bean Casserole: A Thanksgiving Memory of a Lost Friend

Green Bean Casserole: A Thanksgiving Memory of a Lost Friend
My friend Bev is dead. She’s been gone for 10 years. Sometimes it seems like less, like she was just there yesterday. Sometimes it seems like more, particularly because so much has happened since then. I’ve lived in two different cities since then. I’ve gotten married. I’ve had two kids. It feels wrong that Bev... Read more »

Brandied Cranberries: An Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe

Brandied Cranberries: An Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe
Brandied cranberries are an easy Thanksgiving side dish that will impress your guests. They can be made several days ahead of time and can be served cold or at room temperature, which means they don’t take time or stove space on a day that tends to be short on both. They are vegetarian and vegan... Read more »