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Comparison: The Thief of Thankfulness By Bill Immel, LPC

During the holidays it is often tempting to think upon our lives in comparison with the lives of others.  This can happen at church, at work, or when visiting friends and family. In my experience counseling people from all walks of life, this happens probably the most on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. 

Typically the way it works is that we see others with less whatever (ie home, cars, family, toys, friends, trips, health, even looks, etc) and we feel better. Then we see others with more of the above and we feel worse and all of a sudden less thankful. 

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Traditions: Keeping the Old and Making the New by Bill Immel, LPC

Traditions, we all have them. They are the special things we do with family and friends during the holiday season. The “big three holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all come within a sixty-day window every year. Making it exciting, and at times overwhelming. If you have children, you know that some holiday traditions are naturally outgrown (i.e. riding Santa’s train at the mall). But some traditions can carry on for a long time like watching the special holiday movies, sitting around the fire pit, or playing board games, etc.

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