Holiday tips & ruminations to help brighten the holidays

November 29, 2021

My Boomer blogger friends have some good holiday tips. And some ruminations. There’s a little of everything but one thing for sure: you’ll find something to enjoy in this roundup. Maybe, like me, you’ll love them all!

Turkey Soup? Yep!

You’ve stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving food and now you have tons of leftovers. “Waist not, want not.” The last thing you want is to add to your waist. Rebecca Olkowski, with offers this After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup recipe that is made by boiling down the carcass and adding plenty of nutritious vegetables. You can also make it vegan style.

Roots…Alberta Style

The world seems to be in turmoil, but there is still so much to be thankful for… Starting with the places where we started. Diane Stringham Tolley describes her roots…

(Note from Carol: just so you know, I have known and followed Diane for many years and I wish I’d been raised as she was!)

Shop til you drop!

It’s a busy holiday season with lots and lots of shopping. Rita R. Robison, consumer and personal finance journalist, offers tips for holiday shopping 2021, such as which stores have the best gift cards and a dangerous feature some major retailers offer.


Thanksgiving Ghosts? Wrong season?

Tom from Sightings Over Sixty invites you along to a family Zoom meeting where people reminisce about some of the odd things they used to eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Did your family ever mix the turnips with the mashed potatoes? Or whip up some hard sauce for the pumpkin pie? Or serve something only your family knows about? Join the conversation at Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past.


Thanksgiving: almost normal!

Pandemic Thanksgiving year one, Meryl Baer of Beach Boomer Bulletin and her husband enjoyed an intimate dinner for two at home. They Zoomed with family and friends. This year, Pandemic Thanksgiving year 2, eight family members gathered around the Baer table for a turkey and vegan roast feast.


How to wring every bit of joy out of the holidays

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, Jennifer of Unfold and Begin has some tips to help you enjoy your holidays with family.


And it’s ok to take some shortcuts!

We all know people who love Christmas and do it to perfection. Their homes would make Martha Stewart jealous. They have twenty Christmas trees scattered about. The smell of fresh-baked cookies fills the air. They’re cheerful, excited, and welcoming. Laurie Stone wishes she were one of them. Instead, she’s learned to make peace with the fact she finds this holiday challenging. To that end, over the years (okay, decades) she’s learned three Yuletide shortcuts

6 comments on “Holiday tips & ruminations to help brighten the holidays
  1. Thanks, Carol. This was a fun one.

  2. Laurie Stone says:

    Great job, Carol! Love reading all the posts.

  3. Lynda Beth Unkeless says:

    Laurie Stone’s conclusion for The Win!
    In the end, so grateful to still Be Here, to still Be Alive!
    Happy Holidays to you Carol, and to your family and friends!????

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