In my note to you last week, I told you that I was in the midst of Jain high holiday. So, for the last 3 days, Hemal and I flew out to be with my family. There was a ceremony that we all participated in as a family that tapped me into my own divinity, the love of my family, my brother, my husband, and the Universe in a way I haven’t felt in a very, very, very long time. I had to tell you about it, and how love doesn’t just come in the form of a man. It is so so much bigger than that.
Like any other holiday, the Fourth of July is rough for those of us who are recently divorced. This particular holiday may not even have been a big deal in your married days, but spending a "family" holiday without the family you've been accustomed to having can be a wakeup call. How do you cope? Our expert shares her advice.
The summer solstice is here and if ancient tradition proves right, today could be the best day of the year for romance, whether you're in a relationship or hoping to meet "the one."
Holidays are a time to gather, reflect, catch up with old friends and family members, celebrate traditions, create new rituals, or get away from it all. Are you the type of person to celebrate holidays and events? Most cultures have rituals that honor seasons or important passage times in ones life. In the US we are a melting pot and many people have slowly lost their original customs over the generations. It may be that your family could not get the right items to recreate the tradition or that they consciously gav
It’s the holiday season, but maybe gratitude is the last thing you’re feeling. Maybe you or your family is going through a really rough time right now, like the aftermath of Newton, Hurricane Sandy or other tragedy. Maybe you’re alone, or even more ironic, feeling lonely in the middle of family and friends.
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.