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Happier YOU Holiday Wheel

  • Worried about spending time with specific relatives this holiday season?
  • Wondering when someone is going to rub you the wrong way?
  • Thinking about self-medicating (e.g. over boozing, overeating, etc.) to cope?
  • Plotting ways to skip out on the family interactions?


Try the “Happier YOU Holiday Wheel”, instead.

Bypass having a negative experience when certain loved ones try to skunk your holiday groove – spin the wheel.

Turn the negative experience into something fun, rockin’, wacky, and marvelous. After all, you are only responsible for your own behavior and you cannot change the behavior of your relatives.


Spin the wheel by yourself or have a friend or loved one, who is dreading negative holiday interactions, spin the wheel with you.

If you complete all 8 tasks/activities, on spin the wheel, reward yourself!

Use the premade Holiday Wheel or create your own.

You may also want to checkout Martha Beck’s Dysfunctional Family BINGO.

Let me know how it goes.


Ingredients for a fun & multigenerational Thanksgiving

  1. Keep it simple.
  2. Make sure there is room and space for loved ones who may need it. (e.g. portable cribs, wheel chairs, walkers, oxygen tanks, etc.)
  3. Let people who want to cook – cook. (easy recipes)
  4. Don’t be opposed to catering.
  5. Check on any food allergies.
  6. Make sure the first-aid kit is up-to-date and well stocked.
  7. Have traditional Thanksgiving food and non-traditional dishes – it’s fun to mix things up.
  8. Play some games.
  9. Create a family BINGO to use as an icebreaker. Family members can text pictures of themselves – or you can grab a thumbnail from Facebook.
  10. Buy some mini Play-doh and use them as place cards. Loved ones’ names can be written on the top of the lids – or print some labels on the computer.
  11. Set-up a camera on a tripod so loved ones can take random pictures. If you want to be fancy – rent a photo booth.
  12. Set aside some time to have a Skype session with loved ones who could not join you during the Thanksgiving celebration. A “regular” phone call works, too.
  13. Create a festive playlist.
  14. Create a “list of thanks”.
  15. Appreciate the time you have together.

Happy Thanksgiving from our nest to yours!

This is not an endorsement for Publix.