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Thanksgiving and Black Friday

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By contributing blogger Dr. Hope Threadgill

Thanksgiving beckons family dinners, football, falling leaves, and Thanksgiving parades. Many watch TV to see the U.S. President “pardon” a turkey, later sent to a zoo, for the National Turkey Federation. Thanksgiving became a holiday in 1863, proclaimed a national holiday on November 26, 1789, and legislatively enacted fourth Thursday of November in 1941. This year the date is November 24th. The idea is to be thankful and appreciate who and what you have in your life.


Though some people enjoy relaxation and family interactions, for many it is a stressful time. Remember to do some self-care such as taking a short break in the midst of the family excitement, taking a few deep breaths to relax and avoid reacting, exercise, and eating as healthy as possible. While there, act like a hawk and look for the positive comments and interactions. Focus on the positive interactions and positive comments rather than the negatives. Enjoy your time off from work. Enjoy your family and friends.

For all you shoppers, not all stores and malls are open on Black Friday, November 25th, so be sure to check your favorites to avoid disappointment. If going, be prepared for the crowds of people, some are rude and others hurrying to get their desired items. Cyber Monday is November 28th where most major retailers start their sales online. Be sure to get up early. This time you can keep your pajamas on while searching the web. Again the “early Bird gets the worm.” So get up and get going. Plan in advance for what you want and know where to get the items. If you like the crowds or the online shopping, you will be in good company. If you do not like either or both, then sit back, relax and spend time with your family.

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