Dear Barbara: How Do I Host Thanksgiving? Tips for the First-Time Hostess

By Barbara Rainey | November 14, 2016 | 10 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I host Thanksgiving? It’s finally my turn, and I don’t even know where to start. I remember the first time in the early years of our marriage when we lived too far from home to share Thanksgiving with my family or my husband’s, and it fell to me to prepare a […]

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Time to Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home, the month to reunite, the month to gather. It’s no wonder that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you […]

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Traditions Matter Even When Plans and People Change

By Barbara Rainey | November 7, 2016 | 7 Comments

My expectations of who is and isn’t coming for Thanksgiving this year have changed. My daughter and her husband can’t come as planned because of needs in Jason’s family, which we totally understand and support. Our son and his wife and kids have decided not to come because of their schedules and they were just […]

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Classic Thanksgiving Traditions for any Present-Day Family

By Barbara Rainey | October 24, 2016 | 3 Comments

I’ll admit it was a bit early, but this year I began thinking about Thanksgiving in August.  Not a lot mind you, because we were in the throes of planning Laura’s wedding, but I knew which of our six kids were coming with their families, so I found myself thinking about sleeping spaces and how […]

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Praise and Glory

By Barbara Rainey | November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

  On this day which annually reminds us to express gratitude, I was thinking it is not just an attitude of gratitude that’s important, but a choice to verbalize thanks for all that I have been given to the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Imagine sending a wedding gift to an engaged couple who […]

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