Thanksgiving has just about arrived and two things are certain: 1. the grocery store is out of canned cranberry jelly, and 2. somebody is already deciding which filter to apply to their pumpkin pie Instagram. It's time to face the music: texting and sharing online are ubiquitous, even at the dinner table. But there's still a necessary code of conduct as host or guest for a well-mannered Thanksgiving meal.
It's a magical sight, right? All those perfectly wrapped, brand new presents under the Christmas tree, just waiting to be opened? I've been there: receiving new toys in the mail from some crazy online shopping spree, my eyes a-twinkle when I open those boxes and how nice they look, how much my kids will love them in their packaging. But then I remember places like this...
Winter is coming and the days are getting shorter and colder. But lately I've been doing a lot better at keeping things organized and healthy at home, and I've been amazed at what a difference it's made in my daily life, especially with my daughter. Instead of feeling behind all day long and instead of being on edge and cranky when things don't run smoothly (as they never do), I've been getting ahead by - surprise - taking care of myself first. It's been really nice. So, naturally, I thought I'd share a few tips and ask you to feel free to add more.
I can't remember the last time I received a handwritten note in the mail. "Thank you" notes have made way for "thank you" emails, invitations have been replaced with Facebook events, and even love letters have been usurped by cute emoji-filled texts. But I'm not ready to proclaim letter writing dead...
You all are going to laugh at me, but when the cold weather first hit, I had the thermostat set at 69ºF and I was freezing. Jeans, two sweatshirts, thick socks, freezing. I knew I couldn't leave the thermostat on 69 forever, but I also wanted to survive the winter. And so, over the last couple of weeks, I've gradually turned down the heat and now I'm proud to say I'm comfortable at 63ºF. How low can I go?
I was listening to the radio the other day and stumbled across a debate on a hot topic: whether or not it's acceptable to ask for money instead of a dish when throwing a holiday dinner. My first thought was, "Definitely NO. How tacky!" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there were valid arguments to be made for the other side.
Thanksgiving is a pretty cut and dried holiday. Guests usually have an idea of what they're going to be eating before they sit down at the table: the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce, maybe with twists depending on where you eat the meal. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, what do you do about special diets? As a person with a ridiculous list of food allergies, my plan is simple: don't worry about me!
As friends, families and colleagues start planning their holiday shindigs and inboxes fill with details on quiches, spirits and fruit cake, it can be a marvel to imagine how people scheduled these things before internet connectivity. If all these parties can be planned with the help of tech, what about the traditional holiday greeting? Is a digital version just as acceptable as the snail mailed classic?