We hope you had a wonderful holiday, whatever and however you celebrate. We’ve done a lot of talking and thinking about this holiday season in the past week. We’ve got some ideas about how we hope to do it better next year, but we’ll save those for next year. Right now, we thought we’d share a(…)
This year, I was determined not to succumb to the holiday madness. I was determined to celebrate simply, to leave wide open spaces that might fill with more meaningful things than spending and eating and drinking and making pretty. That is why, several weeks ago, I responded to an email from our school’s teen parent(…)
Once upon a time, in a life not-so-long ago, Christmas morning looked like this in my house: Kinda gross, huh? I mean, would you look at all that stuff? My favorite holiday moment during those years usually came at about 2:30 AM on Christmas morning. That’s when every present was finally wrapped and under the(…)
I am a staunch believer in No Christmas Before Thanksgiving. In fact, I’m a bit of a crankypants on the subject. (Just ask our kids.) I believe in giving all of Thanksgiving weekend to Thanksgiving–no Black Friday shopping, no wreath hanging, no Christmas nothing around here until the last piece of pumpkin pie is gone. I(…)
I know: The Christmas crafting boat pretty much left the harbor at least a week ago. For most of us the preparations are done and we’re in the thick of celebration. This post, however, is not really a quick and easy tutorial on how to whip up a Christmas stocking out of an old sweater(…)
We know it’s a bit late for a how-to on throwing a holiday party… ..seeing as Christmas is only 5 days away! But we wanted to get this down while it’s still fresh in our minds (and share photos for those who wanted some). We figure we’ll pull this one out again in early December(…)
A few weeks back I had a little holiday rant of sorts. Truth is, this time of year is hard for me, filled as it is with ghosts of Christmases past. I grew up in a big tangled web of family, and holidays were busy, noisy, and fun. It’s not like that so much now.