Tis the season for turkey, dressing and domestic disputes. Yes, that means it’s time for gathering around the dinner table for the holiday we all have come to know and love as Thanksgiving…or as the WWE calls it “Survivor Series.”
So why is it that a time dedicated to appreciating the many blessings that we all share often ends in petty disputes? Who got better gifts under the Christmas tree in middle school? Who didn’t live up to mommy/daddy’s expectations? Who was never appreciated? Hmm…
Blame it on the turk-turk-turk-turkey? Blame it on the sib-sib-sib-sibling rivalry?
One way or another the holidays are a time of intense feelings, high food (sugar) consumption and seeing folks you may or may not see all the time. Full bellies…high tempers. And, stop me if you’ve heard this story (right!).
And, so I humbly offer a few suggestions.
Take a deep breath before entering the feast grounds. Drink plenty of water. Remember this is only an hour or two out of a whole lifetime.
Focus on the good times. Chances are, unless you had a really awful childhood, there were more good memories than bad.
Remember that ‘I’m rubber, your glue…” Don’t let the digs stick and don’t feed the gremlin. Just enjoy the sweet potato pie.
Anyway, observe these suggestions and Thanksgiving should be the joyous time we all love and deserve. And, if not, well there’s always a cognac, scotch or Dr. Jack Daniels for dessert? If all else fails, try screaming into the doggie bag.