Christmas Morning Rendezvous with: The Love that is Bestowed

Everywhere we go in this holiday season, we see gift boxes.  Boxes under the tree, boxes under "Season's Greetings" banners,  and boxes on the store shelves… They sure make a Christmas tree looks festive!   But what are  these boxes  trying to deliver?  We wonder… things people want? Or is it  love that they wish to deliver?  What if we open each box with the joy of receiving love and not the expectation of “  the things?”...more

Irreverent Italy - Gift Guide for Italy Lovers

If you still don't know what to get that Italophile in your life, or yourself - I've selected a few choice picks of Tante Belle Cose in the Book & Media Dept.  They'll put a smile on your face, so go ahead - get one for yourself this holiday season. ...more


Today I hobbled from store to store in a Santa hat, my elderly behaviour contrasting my childlike appearance....more

Christmas Memories

It wouldn't be the holidays without a retrospect of Christmases past.  After talking with my husband I realize that I don't have as many memories of Christmas as I would like. I'm sure we celebrates, but not like most American families. You see, my parents are foreign, they are from Croatia. My dad worked second and third shifts when we were kids because it paid more. I remember some of our parties with out Croatian families who lived in the city...but I have very little memories of Christmas - well other than being dragged out to midnight mass every year....more

Last Minute Ideas For Conscientious Gift Givers

Scrambling to find just the right gift at this late hour? Do us all a favor and think before you run off to any old shop and buy any old thing. Nobody wants that. I ask you to simply think before you shop....more

My Daughter Says I Gave Her the Gift of Sarcasm

Maj is incredulous, “Really, Mother? This seems like a reasonable punishment to you? Really?” I glare at her, “Really, Maj. Really. Go apologize to your sister.” She stomps away, “Fine. But I was just being sarcastic. No one understands my gift of sarcasm.” I call after her, “Yes, well I hope you like that gift a lot, because it may be the only one you are getting!” ...more

But awesome.

My sister gave me this gift one year.



Dear Santa: A Parent's Un-wish List

Dear Santa, Some time in the next few days, you will receive a letter detailing an extensive list of wishes from my children. Before acting on it in any manner, please carefully consider my preemptive list of un-wishes. ...more

My son received the game Battleship for Christmas. I've already lost count of how many of those ...more

The Spirit of Giving (Too Much?)

Years ago, I attended a friend's wedding that had lots of elements of questionable taste. One of them: The wedding invitation. Tucked inside was a note reading, "Because we are blessed to have everything we need, in lieu of gifts please make a donation to our favorite charities X or Y. Make the checks payable to us and we will distribute the money evenly." ...more

I can definitely understand that. I once worked at a job where shortly after starting, was ...more

10 Fantastic iPad Apps for Kids With Autism

If you need a last-minute gift for a kid with autism, and that kid has an iDevice (iPad or iPod touch), consider hitting the iTunes store and gifting that child an app or two. Then, consider choosing apps that focus on fun as much as or even instead of communication and learning. Apps that encourage kids to use the iPad the way they want to, to play like the children they are. (Apps that just happen to all cost less than $3.)   ...more

Thanks for the great article. I have recently decided to combine my passions for children with ...more

Perfect food gifts for a passionate Veronique

Perfect food gifts for a passionate Veronique Of course Christmas is coming and you are going to get some gifts. That's inevitable, whether it is from your coworker, your aunt, your neighbour or Santa, you will be a receiver of a unknown object (sometime suspicious) and you will have to be surprised, contempt, ecstatic, or disappointed and doubtful....more