How To Get Through Thanksgiving

Well, we’re starting the holiday frenzies and while I”m not triggered because this year will be easy (I hope) at my brother’s house, I have friends who are in a tizzy just anticipating the havoc that can occur during the holidays when everyone gets together. Because tempers are running high. People are really messy lately. Have you noticed?

Here were some topics they were dreading:

If it’s not a political rant, it’s about the vaccine. Or stories about a friend of a friend’s great Uncle Leo who had X (death, ventilator, catastrophe) because of having the vaccine or not, someone coughing on him and not following the rules, or his lack of belief in mask wearing…or…or…or…(You get the gist, don’t you?)

Then there’s food prices. Conspiracy theories. The Great Resignation. School children’s lives interrupted with mask wearing. What a freezing snowy winter they’re predicting. The Virus and its newest update. Gossip about whatever’s trending. China. Travel mandates. Political figures. Food shortages. Toilet paper (need I remind you?). Boosters. Gas prices. Why aren’t you dating? Bragging over X (fill in the blank). Losing friendships over silly quarrels. Indignations at X (you fill in the blank). Delayed mail delivery. Etc. Etc. Etc.

I’m sure you could add to the list. I suggested that maybe we could make a drinking game out of it. Like every time someone mentions any of the above, we drink?! Just a warning, make sure you have an Uber ready because you’re not going to be ready to drive after that! Heck, you might even pass out on the couch or right there at the table! Wouldn’t that be great fodder for the December gathering!?

This was a tongue in cheek post by the way. I know some families enjoy trending topics at the table. But it seems there’s always that one that pontificates and won’t back down if confronted which usually leads to a family struggle. It’s the commonality in many the holiday comedies. How uncomfortable can you make everyone at the party and how quickly can you estrange yourself?

My plan is to sip wine and smile. Let the whole world twist and turn around me while I sit in my happy place. Instead of anger, I’ll chuckle. Instead of taking offense, I’ll smile.

How about you? What’s your plan?

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27 Responses to How To Get Through Thanksgiving

  1. Sheree says:

    Thank goodness we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving 🇺🇲. Can’t wait for the stories… 🙃

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  3. Letitgocoach says:

    I was at a popular grocery store yesterday and could feel the frenzy. Every cart that went by had a frozen turkey and one of those throw away tinfoil pans inside. Then I thought, maybe if we didn’t wait until Thanksgiving day to see our families, or long lost friends, it would be a more pleasant occasion. I don’t know about you, but I don’t invite a year’s worth of pent up frustration to be seated at my table, nor will I be seated at at one. Have a joy filled Thanksgiving Janie! 💖

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    • janieleeds says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you! We don’t have that either so that’s good. But friends have been worrying about these things and sharing all the experiences of holidays past. We will probably have a quiet time at my brother’s which is perfect for me. Simple with no drama. ❤️

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  4. scr4pl80 says:

    Just the five of us plus my mom so there shouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.

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  5. Dwight Hyde says:

    This year it’s just going to be my son and I. We were asked to a few gatherings, but we declined because we just didn’t feel like it😄. We’re going for a hike, watch football, and have a small turkey dinner. I making a pumpkin cheesecake and bought an apple pie and got some vanilla ice cream for on top. Super easy! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving 🤗

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  6. LA says:

    Avoid literally anything that could cause controversy

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  7. E.A. Wickham says:

    We avoid controversy and then my dad who has opposite political leanings throws a bomb.

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  8. Beth W. says:

    I understand the potential for controversy. There is so much of it these days for sure!! My Thanksgiving celebration will be pretty calm this year. Just me, the 3 kiddos, the 2 exchange students, my two brothers and my twin nephews. None of us are big into politics or controversial opinions, so we will probably just eat, clean up, play some board games and then put up the tree 😉 I hope yours is wonderfl, relaxing and drama free!! 🙂

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  9. Ainsobriety says:

    I am Canadian, and sober, so I will be working with the football games on in the background and then enjoying the evening game.

    Our thanksgiving was in October and was pretty much the same, lol.

    Enjoy. There are way too many controversial topics these days. Smile and nod. Smile and nod.

    Anne

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  10. petespringerauthor says:

    We don’t have family near us, so it will be a mellow day. We gave up the gluttonous holiday dinner a decade ago. Occasionally, we’ll go out for dinner on Thanksgiving, but the stress of not having a huge dinner with tons of people coming over is gone. I suspect that we may go to the movies in the evening—something we haven’t done since Covid.

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  11. hbsuefred says:

    This was my first post-divorce and post-Mom Thanksgiving. Given that I’m posting this comment the week of my first Xmas in the same situation, though now exacerbated by omicron, you can imagine I’ll have more to say/write about both, and maybe even soon, on my blog. I got some joy around Thanksgiving since I spent it (or at least the week before it) with my kids. It will be less so on Xmas since I’ll be alone.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I’m so sorry you are going through so much. I understand and it’s terribly hard on the first holidays. I’ve been there. I know…but you’re still here and for that, I’m grateful. Baby steps. You can do this…I hope you had a good Christmas and I’ve spent many alone myself. Big hugs to you…

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