The first line of the Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina reads “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – and the category your family falls into could make or break your Thanksgiving holiday. It’s often said that family gatherings bring out the worst in people, and every year, advice pours in on how to handle yours. Here’s a little bit of help this holiday season, whether you are happy or otherwise.
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“If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?”
– Sarah Palin in Going Rogue. Does that mean they’ll be serving all kinds of meat — you know, dogs, cats, and, uh, humans — at the Palin family Thanksgiving? Keep reading »
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. Sometimes this family event may have an unexpected guest: a cute, single guy. When such a treat comes your way, seize the moment in a feminine, ladylike fashion.
Seating. Right away, you will want to be seated next to this hottie; however, this is a bad idea. A major part of flirting is conversation and body language. Both of these are difficult to display if you’re sitting side by side. Try positioning yourself across from him for the best effect.
Introductions. If introductions have not been made before reaching the table, take this as an opportunity to place yourself on his radar. Before you take your seat, introduce yourself and offer him your hand to shake. When he shakes your hand, hold his gaze and smile. You should disengage from the handshake first so you don’t come on too strong (a girl who won’t let go is creepy). Glance down as you take your seat, then back up again at him with a slight smile on your lips and in your eyes. Keep reading »
Going to your boss’s house for Thanksgiving? Don’t be the turkey by dressing inappropriately. Since dinner is at your boss’s pad, it is a little trickier to decide on an appropriate outfit. It could be either formal or casual, and if the invitation does not specify, you’re left to figure this puzzle out on your own.
First, consider what field you work in and what is considered acceptable attire for your industry. In some professions, wearing a suit and tie is more appropriate attire than in others. The second consideration: How formal is your boss’s home? Does he/she live in a mansion or a small house near the lake? Keep reading »
When it comes to T-Day, most of your effort goes towards figuring out (or stressing about) the meal. And hey, congrats! Cooking a turkey is no easy feat. But now you probably want to get all jolly and merry to celebrate your success. So what to drink? Whether you’re in charge of the booze yourself, or a guest at someone else’s Thanksgiving table (hey slacker, now you really have to bring it), here are a few suggestions for appropriate pairings, after the jump. Keep reading »
This is my first holiday season as an old married and my husband and I are planning to spend Thanksgiving at his father’s place where his brother and his wife and two small kids will join us. My father-in-law lives here in Manhattan, just a mile up the road from us, so, luckily, we won’t have to do any commuting. Our Christmas trip will be decidedly more involved. We’ll be visiting my parents who live in Germany (it’ll be my husband’s first trip there!). In the last 20 years, I’ve spent every Christmas but one in Germany. I figured this year, since we’re newlyweds and still ingratiating ourselves in each other’s families, it was important to spend the holidays with our respective parents. Next year, though, I hope to begin some traditions of our own. I’d love to spend Christmas in New York finally. Maybe my Jewish husband and I can even enjoy some Chinese food for dinner. So, how about you? Where will you spend the holidays this year? And, if you’re in a relationship, how do you decide whose family to visit? Keep reading »
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it doesn’t matter whether your mashed potatoes are Michelin Star-worthy or if you’re serving Stouffer’s vegetable lasagna. What’s most important is spending time with your loved ones — and making sure the dining room table looks good. Set the stage with Henry Road’s beautiful printed cotton table cloths and napkins and your Thanksgiving spread will look as though it belongs in the pages of a magazine, even if dinner came from the grocery’s frozen foods aisle. [$20 for 4 napkins, Henry Road]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a Henry Road Rio Samba Crimson/Pink table cloth and Grid Crimson napkin set, but you have to work if you want to win. The best commenter for this coming week — from today, Friday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 19 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, y’all. Normally, this holiday is a gluttonous orgy of excess, where we hit the gravy bong and chug obscene amounts of food directly into our greasy talkholes. It’s also a time to give thanks for not having to awkwardly hang out with extended family for the rest of the year. Keep reading »
Whether you need to carry home holiday leftovers or you’re just being budget (and eco) conscious by bringing your lunch to work and forgoing plastic sandwich bags, the colorful Bento Box is a super cute way to go. There’s even room for two sandwiches if you wanted to share one with a co-worker, though we certainly wouldn’t judge if you saved them both for yourself. ‘Tis the season for over-indulging, after all. [$38, Plastica Shop] Keep reading »
Thanksgiving Day isn’t just for eating turkey. You can also watch some of the best TV of the year because all those people that aren’t cooking need something to watch besides football. All three “Godfather” movies will air on Thursday, but other classic movies will also be on the tube. Friday is a great day for marathon watching, and if you can’t find anything new to watch on Saturday, I suggest you channel surf. And don’t forget, Amelia, will liveblog “Britney Spears: For the Record” on Sunday at 10 pm. Keep reading »