At Christmas time and during the holidays, there is a lot of talk about family. But what is family? This can be a sad time of year for some people and thinking outside the box may help. Do people need to be related by blood to be family? I have two 'daughters' not related by blood but they've been friends with my other daughters for 7 years or more. (I even gave a birthday present this year to one of these girls "from your other mom".) I also have a church family, some of whom have volunteered to take me grocery shopping, etc. And I have a WN family. So stretch your thinking when you define your family.