Tag Archives | Thanksgiving

Why We’ll Never Fry a Turkey Again

Ahhh, Thanksgiving…  a time of food, family, fun, and frazzled-mom freak-outs. Ladies, I don’t even cook, but with two kiddos under the age of 3, I’m more and more stressed each year. The planning, the prepping, the menu-creating, the hangovers, the cleanup, the home equity loan you have to take out in order to afford […]

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Joyfully Saying ‘No’ to Holiday Celebrations

Hi. I’m Candace, and my family doesn’t celebrate conventional holidays. That’s right. Our family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, etc. Of course, we have religious reasons behind why we don’t celebrate, but I’m not writing this to talk about those reasons. I’m writing this because I’ve witnessed way too many negative posts […]

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In Defense of Black Friday

For the past few years, across mainstream and social media, BLACK FRIDAY has been portrayed as literally the opposite of Thanksgiving — a day of rudeness and unkindness that brings out the worst in humanity as hoards of grumpy people push and shove their way to a great deal. We’ve all seen the news reports of people trampling […]

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Why We NEVER Travel During The Holiday Season

The first year that my husband and I were away from our families for the holidays — he was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina — we decided to travel back home to Jacksonville. We drove over 400 miles there, and the 400 miles back, to be with our families for Thanksgiving, Christmas […]

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Why My Christmas Tree Goes Up BEFORE Thanksgiving!

As soon as Halloween is over, I immediately get the Christmas twitch. Time to drag out the Christmas tree and holiday decorations, finalize my shopping list and eagerly anticipate spending quality time with family and friends. We’ve recently started a new family tradition of putting our tree up early. Really early. Typically, it’s up by Veteran’s Day weekend and […]

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When Friends Have To Be Family

Holidays in a military family can be something of a Choose Your Own Adventure. Far from family and the comfort of holidays at home, you’re forced to create your own traditions–sometimes with people you barely know. I’m not from a large family myself–one sister, a few cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents scattered throughout Texas and the rest […]

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Giving Thanks for Peace at the Dinner Table!

Although the holidays offer a special time for families and loved ones to get together, they can also be stressful–partly because people often have unrealistic expectations of their friends and family members. When a supposedly festive occasion doesn’t turn out the way they had hoped, they end up feeling disappointed. Granted, a gathering of many […]

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