The past few years, I've spent Thanksgiving with a family that I know from my church and a bunch of their relatives. The first year, it was kinda odd. There were grandparents and cousins and a few friends of the family (and friends of the grandparents and friends of the cousins). But it turned out to be really cool. I got to meet some of my friends' extended family and some of their friends as well. And since there were a lot of people who didn't know everyone it made it more comfortable. Name tags helped a lot. So did a short, pre-planned time of singing and learning about the history of Thanksgiving (some of the friends were from other countries). Giving the event some more structure made it more comfortable for everyone. Now I know most of the family (and am considered essentially part of the extended family) and I look forward to the event each year.
Apartment Therapy Chicago | Spending Holidays with Strangers
|12/17/08 08:47 AM|
I'm pretty well known for leaving baked goods on my coworkers desks. If I have leftovers from an event (which happens fairly regularly since I'm the go-to person to get rid of smallish quantities of leftover food at my church) or do some baking, I often package up a few cookies or whatever in a baggies and leave it on the desk of a coworker who's having a rough week. Works especially well since I'm the first one in in the morning.
Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Gift of the Unexpected: Paying It Forward
|12/16/08 03:16 PM|