Gobble, gobble!

Here in the United States, our frenzied pace of life officially clicks over into the Season of Holidays starting tomorrow. Yes, first we have Thanksgiving—for which we’ll probably spend most of today cooking and preparing—and as we all know, Turkey Day is merely the gateway to the frivolity that will soon follow with the various December holidays and then New Year’s.

It’s a wonderful time to enjoy our families and friends, but not a very good time to be on a diet. Actually, even if you’re not on a diet, it can be a stressful time, too. You know the expression, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” That’s often particularly true for families.

Will you be dealing with some challenging family members tomorrow? Remember my handy mantras. I like “this too shall pass,” and also “if I refrain from jabbing my fork into this person’s skull, I can have another piece of pie.” The first one is more pithy, but you just can’t beat the second one for satisfaction.

Don’t forget that holidays can be stressful for the kids, too. Either their home is overrun with others or they’ve been carted off to someone else’s house. Routines are disrupted. Meltdowns can and will happen, so do what you can to head them off. I suggest frequent snacks and extra TLC. Or, you know, copious amounts of television.

Cartoon Network is showing a block of Xiaolin Showdown episodes from 1:00 – 5:00 pm today (eastern). If that doesn’t float your kids’ boat, over on Nickelodeon they can watch Fairly Oddparents from 2:00 – 6:00 (eastern), followed by about a billion episodes of Spongebob Squarepants.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you let your kids watch television all day long. That would be wrong and bad. And would it also make it really hard to justify watching Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends all day tomorrow, and you had better be planning to watch their new movie, Good Wilt Hunting, tomorrow night at 7:00. With some pie.

Yep, plenty to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends; enjoy the holiday!