You know how people and their dogs often look alike? Sometimes they even seem to have the same personality. It can be that way with spouses as well. Live together long enough and before you know it you eat the same food, dress the same way and do the same things. It's easy to lose yourself in the relationship, subjugating your wants and needs in the name of peace and harmony. I'm not saying that's a bad thing.
Happy Holidays! I can’t believe another year is drawing to a close. It is an interesting time of year for me in particular, because my birthday and the holiday season hit all at once, and I find myself spending a lot of time in introspection during the month of December. So, in today’s post I wanted to share a realization that I had and a method to help you feel the love from your family during the holidays, especially when so many of us are dreading being around our family for more than several hours.
I’m the first to admit I have some strong opinions, some of which have been wildly popular, and others absolutely not. That could be because we have been indoctrinated into a modicum of agreement on what’s polite, etiquette or even appropriate when it comes to giving unsolicited advice. Or (my suspicion is) we are simply afraid of the truth. However you look at it, the consequences for such straight talk can be stringent; tribal ostracization, social paralysis or, worse, no one likes you and you die alone.
Many years ago a colleague spoke of re-membering .. the act of bringing back to yourself all the significant stories of love, hope, resilience and blessing from your life. Kind of like putting yourself back together – this time highlighting what is really important to you.
Hanukkah (or Chanukah or one of many other spellings) is a Jewish festival that comes around the time of Christmas. Many people know it for the progressive lighting of the candles on its nine branched menorah, for latkes or potato pancakes, for gift giving, for singing and for dreidels.
By GalTime Contributor, David Pollock, for GalTime.com Does this holiday scenario sound familiar? That holiday shopping trip that was supposed to take 20 minutes ended up sucking two hours from your day. The gifts you really wanted to get were all sold out. You race home, grabbing takeout on the way, only to be informed by your significant other that they forgot to tell you about a holiday party.
The holidays bring up a lot of mixed emotions in many people. Falling in love during the holiday is a wonderful experience because the "holiday cheer" is intensified as you're looking at the world through rose colored goggles. But if you're dealing with heartache due to a breakup or relationship strife, the holidays can be excruciatingly tough for you. Here are four answers to your holiday questions and worries that will help you make this time of the year more bearable for you.
The most couple-friendly time of year is upon us and so it is easy to fall victim to your inner Scrooge if you are single. Even the mall is seemingly no longer for all of us — couples strolling hand in hand, families taking their young children to see Santa and beaming newlyweds searching for the perfect gift. It is almost enough to make me want to say inside for the entire month of December, watching reruns of Sex and the City with a pint of ice cream.
Thinking of getting your boyfriend a button-down for Christmas? Think again. Three words: Men hate clothes. As gifts, anyway. And of course, there are exceptions, but as a general rule, slacks will be frowned upon.
Remember the last time you were carded? Stop. We mean gift-carded! Most people in this land of plastic have either given or received at least one gift card. The National Retail Federation reports that 6 of 10 consumers say “they’d like to receive gift cards this year.” The to-give-or-not-to-give debate rages on, but all of The 5 Money Personalities™ may benefit from buying gift cards for others. The Flyer c
It's the holiday season (yay! This girl *me* loves some pink holiday corporate cocktails!), and you are probably thinking a few things: 1. I should be paid more - will I get a bonus? 2. I can just sort-of ... slide downhill. Take some calls, avoid some clients, and focus on the holidays parties (and avoiding my family). Now is the time to online shoe shop! 3. I'm too busy to think about my next career move! (But reviews are kind of stressing me out - I need that bonus!)
The Holidays are not easy for a lot of us. For many suddenly being put together with relatives or in-laws or even certain friends, or maybe having no one to be with, all of these combinations plus the memories the holidays evoke and the yearnings of anticipation set us up for a miserable time. How can we overcome this scenario and have a great time? Here are are some solutions based on real people.
by Eleanore Wells, for GalTime.com As soon as the weather dips below 90-degrees, holiday decorations line the aisles of stores. And so the stress begins. Holidays can be challenging to just about everybody. There are decisions to be made, plans to put in place, and money to be spent. And while this is true for everyone, many single people feel an extra layer of stress.
Why are in-law relationships so difficult? While some would suggest it's pure jealousy, I think it's more complex. Here are four steps useful for handling tense "in-law" situations this holiday season.
To: Letter to Me From: Myself Re: Thanksgiving Alone Date: November 22 Hi there, Yea, I’m here. I know. It’s Thanksgiving, and I’m……well, I could say I’m just checking my email here for a minute before the family gets here….or I had to jump online to check on the tweaks for that special cranberry recipe. Or, believably, I could be sending a couple of email