The Perfectly Imperfect Thanksgiving

November 5, 2014 9:01 PM

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The Perfectly Imperfect Thanksgiving

It's a day to get together with the whole family and relax. A chance to put the demands of life on hold and reflect on all there is to be thankful for. And eat your body weight in pie. So how come the task of hosting Thanksgiving turns so many people into nervous wrecks? The intentions are all good: to serve a delicious meal, in a warm and inviting home, where everyone is happy and chatting and laughing together in harmony. Yet by sundown, a day that was supposed to be about celebrating and sharing the good things in life has sometimes ended not in a blissed-out state of gratitude and turkey coma but in frazzled exhaustion.

There is so much meaning attached to the holidays, so many expectations. A visitor from another planet walking through a mall or watching ads at the holidays could be forgiven for thinking that here on Earth there is a finite amount of love and gratitude, and that by law it must all be expressed on ...

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