Start Some New Thanksgiving Traditions with Your Family

Most of us inherit our Thanksgiving traditions from our family. For the most part, Thanksgiving involves getting together with family and sharing a turkey (and/or other Thanksgiving dishes we learned from our parents or other family members). This Thanksgiving why not establish some Thanksgiving traditions that are uniquely yours? Something your kids or friends can pass down from Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving for ... who knows? ... may a generation or two. Here are a few … [Read more...]

A Brief History of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Like many American traditions, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in the hearts and minds of immigrants. In 1924, store employees with European roots asked their employer if they could stage an Old World style holiday procession to honor their new country. The idea seemed particularly appropriate for Macy’s. Sales were booming, the new Seventh Avenue wing made it “the world’s largest department store,” and its Christmas windows were … [Read more...]

Family Ties: How Much Distance Is Enough?

People often hear about close families and the fun they have together. It’s easy to think that being close with other family members is always a good thing, but as with other types of relationships, family bonds can become too close and can even become destructive. A look at family systems can help to identify the dynamic that operates in your family system. Family Systems Each family is a group that constructs its own rules and ways of interacting. These … [Read more...]

Fun, Family Thanksgiving Activities

If you're hosting a family thanksgiving, you want to create a fun family environment that helps children understand the importance of Thanksgiving and is fun for adults as well. Since Thanksgiving comes just before Christmas, when shopping becomes the primary activity, games designed to remind people of the bounty in their lives is very helpful. For example, you might help children understand that while they don't have everything they want, they do have everything … [Read more...]