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Posts Tagged ‘how to plan the holidays’

Gifts, Gratitude, and Presence

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By Dan Phillips, MA Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

holiday gratitudeIt’s that time of year again – when the words of favorite holiday songs ring out in loud, excited tones from my kids in the backseat as we drive. Yikes! That’s right! Christmas is only a matter of days away!!… Read the rest →

Single for the Holidays

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By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

single for the holidaysThere’s a chill in the air. The presents are wrapped, you’re wearing your favorite Christmas sweater, and you’re listening to carols on the drive to your family party. You open the door, take off your coat, and like clockwork, here come the questions…

“When are you gonna get married?”

 “What happened to what’s-their-name?”

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Hark! The In-Laws Make Ears Ring: 3 Keys to Surviving Extended Family During the Holiday Season

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ID-100218357“For the first time ever I was taking the family on the road. We stayed with my in-laws, which on life’s list of experiences ranks right below sitting in a tub full of scissors.” — Jeff Foxworthy

Now, not everyone has difficulties with their in-laws — But conflict with in-laws sure is a common sight on the lists of struggles couples face during the holiday season.… Read the rest →