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November 2012

Being selfish on Thanksgiving

Wanting to spend time with family instead of working.

Maybe I’m being selfish, but hear me out. I thought it’d be a time to relax during Thanksgiving week, hang out with my family and eat my body weight in turkey. I was wrong. My grandmother immediately asked me to take candid photos of everyone throughout the night, since I’m the designated photographer of the family.

Thanksgiving in Alabama: Food, family and football

Annual Iron Bowl game is becoming a holiday tradition.

Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing, is more popular in my home state of Alabama than college football. And yes, that includes all major holidays. College football in Alabama, I dare say, is pretty much bigger than Christmas. That being said, when a holiday coincides in some way with a major football game, it's a win-win for everyone.

Hard on historians

The other side of the coin.

I've never been a fan of Thanksgiving. Sure the “idea” was not lost on me to any great extent, but the problem is that I was raised knowing not only the American history and leaving it there. No, I was raised with the UK history as well, never content for half histories. And to be honest? The whole pilgrim thing?

Mistakes and consequences

Give thanks and live life.

We are all human and have made many mistakes in our lifetimes. Every mistake—small or large—has the potential to result in catastrophic consequences. Recently, a young woman in Dallas exited a small private plane and inadvertently stepped into a spinning propeller. This was a small mistake in that she was preoccupied and for just a microsecond her attention wandered.

Let Thanksgiving be Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving should be a special time when the nine to five shuffle ceases and big businesses pause.

I am not equipped to discuss Thanksgiving meal ideas, cooking tips and so forth. There are many other talented writers who can expound upon such things here and elsewhere. However, I am equipped to expound upon this theme: how Thanksgiving should be Thanksgiving and not another hum-drum day on the calendar like it is at risk of becoming.

 

Ten alternatives to Thanksgiving

Just in case you’re not into turkey or tofurky…

Finding out that the First Thanksgiving we learned about in grade school was a load of crap was worse than learning that there’s no Santa Clause. So even though I’m all about being grateful for what I’ve got, Thanksgiving and I just aren’t simpatico. Just in case the same goes for you—for whatever reason—here’s a list of ten other things you can do on Thanksgiving Day.

How to deal with family members during Thanksgiving

Avoid tricky topics and don't drink too much alcohol.

It is time to give thanks. It is time to be thankful of what you have, for your health and for your family. The trouble is that no matter how much you love your family, they get on your nerves. What can you do to keep from strangling those testy family members and keep them from ruining your Thanksgiving holiday?

Help the hungry this Thanksgiving

Give back this Thanksgiving.

Yes, life is tough. There is a lot of stress in our lives. We have bills. We have family problems. We may even have health problems. But chances are if we take the time to access our life, we would see that we have it lucky. This is why many people are choosing to give back on or around their Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some ways in which you can help, too.

Simple decorating tips for Thanksgiving

Festive, easy decorations for the holidays

Many people will forgo the idea of decorating for Thanksgiving since it is so close to Christmas. They will also forgo the idea because they have so many things to do. However, they can do some simple things to make the holiday more of a festivity. Here are some simple tips they can incorporate into their plans.

First, they can dress up their dining table. They can simply do this by dragging out those special plates, glasses and tablecloths that they save for special occasions. Afterall, Thanksgiving is a special occasion.

Next, they can actually add a centerpiece to their table. They can do this by placing a nice fall boutique of flowers to the center, adding a fall theme candle to the center or adding a basket filled with painted pinecones to it.