Thank you to Poise for sponsoring today’s holiday season discussion. Making memories with my family is definitely a laughing matter for me. #PoiseLinerLove
Halloween is over now I can dive into my favorite holidays.
My holidays aren’t accentuated as much with music and decorations as they are family and food. You’ll still find some decor and a few holiday tunes floating around our house, but it’s being with the people I love to be around most and sharing some sweets or meals with them that really gets my holiday cheer on the upswing.
Family + Laughter = Super Fun Times
Thanksgiving for us is about getting family together and celebrating what we are grateful for in our lives. My preference is to cook the big meals because it’s something I enjoy and I love sharing that part of me with my family and friends. While I don’t usually ask for a lot of help everyone does spend a lot of time sitting around the table catching up with each other.
Needless to say there is a lot of laughter.
For Christmas we don’t always get chance to see extended family as much, but we do have our traditions. Hot chocolate, driving around to see holiday lights in our pajamas, opening just one gift on Christmas Eve then the rest on Christmas morning.
Oh, and more laughter.
We love to laugh in my family. We’re not picky about our content either. I’ll admit we do have a few inside jokes that aren’t the most family friendly (I’m sure you do too), but all in all we have a joyful family. Everyone is looking for something to laugh about or something silly to do to make others smile. For the most part we’re all about seeing who can outdo each other to make someone else laugh. Anything from trying new things, enjoying the younger kids in the family, playing games, or just having a good laugh about what’s going on in our life.
This is the part of the holidays I cherish the most. Spending time and laughing with my family. We make sure to not only encourage the usual family banter, but we help things along by leaving some conversation pieces out. Nick’s Victory award for example.
Looks like a great award for his unit to give him, but the story behind it is even better. They were handing out gag awards with the idea of celebrating all of the victories, even the small ones. He received this award because his uniform dress pants were hemmed too high. It wasn’t his fault. He hadn’t been issued his complete set of dress blues since they updated the uniform, so they found him a pair that fit in the waist, but not in the length. Of course they needed a way to point out this amusing taboo to everyone in the best way possible. Announced by microphone, in front of everyone, where he had to go up to the podium to receive his award.
Standing with Poise among the laughter
Sometimes when I get to laughing a bit too much my bladder can’t take it. Ok, really, a bit too much means just a little bit for me. I’m one of the many women in the world who deal with light bladder leakage (LBL). I admit it and I refuse to let it get me down. There are a lot of women in my family and I’m not shy, so of course this topic comes up frequently. Usually led by me in as humorous of ways as possible. For example, talking about my sneeze dance is the perfect way to bring my mom to tears. Tears of laughter obviously.
This is also a great way for me to bring up an uncomfortable topic and give the women in my life some great advice about how to manage their LBL. We have too much in our life to focus on so we shouldn’t need to worry about LBL as well. I’ve shared my love of Poise products with my family for years. They know my feelings and to this day I still get a phone call every now and then with someone asking my advice on how well a specific style of Poise works for me and what I think they need. Normally I’ll suggest everyone to start lighter and work their way up the absorbency line of Poise. They have an absorbency rate for just about any LBL need, plus you can find Poise easily at Walmart when you’re getting the rest of your shopping complete.
Yes, my family is that close. We do talk a lot about our bodies together, and I’m a key go to person because my family knows I’ll always be upfront, honest and non-judgemental about these issues. I mean, sure I’ll joke about my own issues because it makes other people more comfortable talking about it, but I would never tease someone about something out of their control like LBL. Instead I’ll support them and show them how they can be successful in working with it, rather than against it.
The Gift of Poise
Honestly, I do talk about LBL more than the average person. That’s okay though. I think it’s something that should be talked about. Since other women aren’t ready to talk about it I figure it’s my duty to let them know it’s okay to discuss. It wouldn’t surprise me if some Christmas I find a package of Poise in my stocking. I would absolutely love it, not to mention laugh about it, then probably start sharing my gift with everyone around me, which would elicit more laughter.
I’m okay with that. If women are going to be thinking about LBL, this is how I want them to think about it. In a fun, open way, where it’s a conversation you don’t have to be embarrassed about.
Keep the laughter flowing, no matter what, and make the most of your holiday season with Poise.
What makes you laugh during the holiday season? Share some of your funniest memories, jokes or traditions with us in the comments below.