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Money Monday: “Holiday scams: 6 more to avoid”

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This November 22, 2014 US News article talks about 6 common holiday scams and what you can do to avoid them.

“Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That’s Easy To Relish”

English: Oven roasted turkey, common fare for ...

English: Oven roasted turkey, common fare for Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dreidel

Dreidel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 22, 2013 article that includes a downloadable audio segment, is found on the NPR: The Salt  website.  And yes, before you say anything I know that this article really has very little if anything to do with mental health issues.  I came across it and thought it was interesting to learn that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share the same day this year which is something that will likely not happen again for over 70,000 years according to the article.

I would love to hear if any of my readers happen to be Jewish and what if anything they may have done to combine the celebration of Hanukkah  and Thanksgiving in their home.

Thoughts

  With Christmas arriving in a couple days, I find myself thinking about the idea that there are people who don’t have family they gather with for the holidays.  I recently met someone who when asked if there was anything they wanted for Christmas, responded with, ‘I’m just happy to have a family to celebrate Christmas with’  This is something that is difficult for me to understand, because even though my family has been less then ideal in many ways, we all manage to put our diferences aside and we gather together to celebrate Christmas and other holidays.  Having heard that the person I mentioned before had spent Christmas alone for the past seven years or so, made me realize that I have something that many others don’t have at holiday times.  In a way I feel bad, because I never really thought about people not having anyone to spend Christmas with, and had more or less taken for granted that everyone had someone to share the holidays with.

  I know it’s late now in regards to being able to do much in the way of reaching out to those who will be alone for Christmas, but maybe I can reach out to at least a ew people next year and maybe make their Christmas a little less lonely.

  I think that people being alone for the holidays might explain in part why so many people get depressed or struggle more with mental health issues.  I know there are other reasons that contribute, but I think lonliness is a big factor, since it seems to feed depression.

  I think that if each of us took a look at the people around us, we could all find someone who will be alone for the holidays, so if you could even call them, take some leftovers from your Christmas dinner to them, or even just stop and wish them a happy holiday and ask if there is anything they need, it jst might make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season and many more to come.

Merry Christmas!

Jenca

“Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays”

The following link will take you to a PDF format Brochure put oiut by Mental Health Ministries.  It offers some tips for Mental Health Consumers to help them survive the holiday season.

http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/links_resources/brochures/holidays.pdf

Here’s the link to the site it self, they’ve got some other articles and brochures that could be of interest.

http://www.mentalhealthministries.net

If you don’t have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can click on the following link to download it for free

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

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