Hi all,

I'm a writer with Diabetes Forecast magazine and I'm working on an article for a holiday issue about holiday traditions that don't involve food. For example, I know someone whose family always plays a pick-up game of basketball on Thanksgiving day.

I would love to hear from a couple people who have their own family traditions that don't involve the holiday meal. I'm hoping to interview each this week or early next week. The interview will be fairly short, so I won't need much of your time.

If you're interested, email me at tneithercott@diabetes.org or respond to this discussion, making sure to include your email address so I can contact you.

I'm looking forward to hearing your stories!

Tracey Neithercott

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We don't have any food traditions in the house regarding holidays because my mom was diabetic for 30+ (she's no longer considered to be diabetic). One of our family traditions is that every morning on christmas my dad takes a photo of me on the stairs (I'm not allowed to open anything till the photo's taken) we also have a family tradition of opening one gift on christmas eve that we each pick our for a family member (one gift per person).
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Tracey, since both of our kids are out of the house, and for the most part too far to make it for major holidays, we've had to find things that don't involve that big family type meal. So dh and I will take some of the $$ we would have spent on the meal and go to a movie, a concert or something like that for a treat. We might stop of a small meal afterwards, but usually put something in the slow cooker that we both enjoy and have it at home. Another thing we've started t do, was to help out at our local shelter at Christmas, dh is a chef so he helps them cook, and I serve. We get to be with other people, and to share in the fun of little kids once again. We've tried to do one thing for us, and one for others....makes the spirit of a holiday so much better. We do this for Easter, Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, etc. Then when the weather is nicer and more easily traveled in South Dakota we will meet up with our own kids and have a fun weekend. Cathy jacobson, clbj57@gmail.com
I love getting as many family members out of the house on Thanksgiving a.m. for a wintery walk. Nice chance to chat, breath some fresh air--fun as a group.

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