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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guides to Safe and Happy Holidays

T'is the season(s) for all sorts of family gatherings, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi, and the Day of Ashura. That means lots of travel, lots of food, lots of family gatherings and loads of family history. Here are some links to help guide you safely and sanely through it all.

Enjoy the seasons and may they bring you joy.

For long distance drivers, here are 20 top tips for survival: http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/car-travel/top-20-safe-driving-tips As for me, I make sure I have a great book on disc to listen to when traveling far and alone.

If long distance flights are in your near future, try: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-survive-a-long-haul-flight-with-finesse-1551468782  Remind yourself over and over that nothing lasts forever!

Cooking much? Worried about loved ones eating healthy means? Try: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/holiday_collection_1

If you need to feed a family on a food stamp budget, try this: https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf  If you know anyone who needs this, print it and give them a copy! God bless you in your struggles.

Do family gatherings freak you out? You're not alone. See: http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/home-for-the-holdays-stress-tips and http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/12/09/6-tips-for-dealing-with-difficult-family-during-the-holidays/ (You can find MANY others!)

Want to avoid those tedious family arguments? See: http://www.29secrets.com/relationships/avoid-these-common-arguments-during-holidays and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-puhn/relationship-advice_b_1156885.html

If you feel the need to guide the conversation over the holidays, especially at meals, see: http://www.yourtango.com/200942646/6-safe-conversation-topics-thanksgiving#.VHMbnYvF_PY

Want some tricks to avoid overeating? See: http://www.wakehealth.edu/Health-Central/NMR/Overeating-During-Holidays/ and http://www.garmaonhealth.com/combat-overindulgence/ AND http://homeopathyplus.com.au/top-4-overindulgence-and-hangover-remedies/

Need something creative to do with those holidays? See: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/enjoy-the-holidays-at-home-9-things-to-do-around-the-house-just-for-fun-197273

There is always a need to entertain children over the holidays (and rightfully so, they have a much different perspective on time than we do). Try: http://www.uwishunu.com/2014/11/the-top-14-things-to-do-with-kids-during-the-holiday-season-in-philadelphia/ and http://mommypoppins.com/kids/things-to-do-over-holiday-break-with-nyc-kids-2012 and whatever is in the town nearest you.

If you will be spending a holiday alone, see: http://psychcentral.com/lib/10-things-to-do-if-youre-alone-for-the-holidays/000403

Happy, healthy, safe holidays to you all ... whatever you celebrate. Have a wonderful season wherever you are. Be good to yourselves and to each other ... the very best holiday gifts you can give and receive.




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