“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.” Susan Lieberman

family praying

Large parts of “wellness” are your spiritual and emotional well-being. Family holidays and get-togethers can be a time of joy and comfort, but can also be a time of sadness. Regardless of current circumstances during the holiday season, traditions will often bring comfort and good-feelings.

Stuffed turkey

Our family is very “into” traditions whether it is the stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin and apple pies with ice cream, OR our turkey trot run prior to the huge meal, OR even our “blessing box” that gets passed around all day. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be quite right without all of these activities we enjoy together.

apple pie

Recipes to come!

I think it was my baby sister, Denise, that started the Blessing Box. Basically, it is a box, basket, or any type of container with slips of paper and pencils beside it. Each person writes what they are thankful for, folds up the paper and puts it in the box (as many as we can think of). After the meal, we pass around the box and read all of the blessings. Some of course are meant as jokes and humorous and others are serious words of gratitude. This usually takes 20 or 30 minutes to read all of them as we accumulate many “blessings” over the year!

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