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The Wednesday Five: Our Best Thanksgiving Stories

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share our top five Thanksgiving Stories that have resonated with our readers — from our “Women Who Serve” series profiling exemplary women in our communities who serve during and beyond the holiday to how to prepare for difficult conversations with family to what to do after Thanksgiving Day — we’ve got you covered.


Women Who Serve: Pastor Gretchen and the ‘No-Cost’ Thanksgiving Meal

By Toni Myers

Last year, in a series to honor “Women Who Serve, we joined in on the celebrations and traditions with our Women’s Voices writers who shared daily stories of the women in their communities who have exemplified a beautiful spirit of service to others. Toni Myers talked about hosting a table with people she doesn’t know—and what a blessing that was. Pastor Gretchen Mertes is responsible for that blessing, along with many helpers, for the “Thanks Giving Dinner,” a church tradition. Over 60 volunteers pitch in to offer this feast for 200 people. Anybody and everybody are welcome, from people without permanent homes to those who have no family to celebrate with. There are no buffet lines, all are seated at tables in order to create a family atmosphere. READ MORE



Changing Thanksgiving Traditions: 10 Ways to Discuss Difficult Issues With Family Members

By Dr. Megan Riddle

Dr. Megan Riddle offered ten ways to discuss difficult issues with family members—without causing a big rift. Nearly 44 million Americans travel over 50 miles to be with friends or family on Thanksgiving, leading to painfully congested roads and airports. While some look forward eagerly to being with family for the holidays, for many it is a trying experience. Traditions surrounding the holidays can be comforting and fulfilling, but also burdensome and exhausting. For you, it seems to have become more of the latter. However, as you note, changing these traditions can be challenging, as people may be wedded to the rituals to varying degrees – some have been looking forward to Thanksgiving togetherness since before they had even run out of turkey leftovers last year, while others have been dreading it just as long. READ MORE

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