Thanksgiving: A Stressful Holiday?

Thanksgiving celebrates tradition, family togetherness and good food but it can also be a very stressful time. There’s a lot of work associated with pulling off this feast, and with pulling together distant family and friends.

One of the first factors of stress during the holidays or get-togethers, is the high divorce rate.  With many marriages ending in divorce or even greater family complications by remarrying, children have to decide which family or parent they choose. The parents who get to be chosen need to work hard at proving themselves worthy, while for the parents who lost, it feels like a failure. So, a no-win situation for all the parties involved.

Many people only get to see their families – thank God 🙂 – at special events or celebrations. This is the time when you’re put under their microscopic eye to see whether you’ve gained or lost weight, have got any grey hair or need new glasses… Also, pictures are taken year after year to record our aging process faithfully and to remind everyone of that dreadful dress, hairstyle, etc. How’s that for stress?

Thanksgiving, like other holidays, is a celebration of food, which poses another problem. For those with eating disorders, it becomes really stressful; fo those who are on a diet, it’s a challenge akin to climbing the Everest.

This is also a time of the year for family members to talk about what has been going on in their lives, both personally and professionally. So this is the time when you are asked about that girlfriend who dumped you and about the promotion that never came. You don’t really feel like telling them and this, of course, causes stress.

Now, what do we do about all this? One possibilty is to swallow your pride, hold your tongue and just vegetate through the entire family affair silently reminding yourself that it will be over in a few hours… But remember, Christmas is just around the corner!



Adapted from Holiday Blues at


One Response

  1. Wow , it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’m enjoying my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that’ll probably involve a bike ride and seeing something new in Carrollton I haven’t seen yet.
    You write something new at Thanksgiving?

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