An Ultimatum For Harry: Rethinking Our Elf On The Shelf

I think Harry is going to be all in. And, I think it's a great idea.  Good luck!more

Holiday Traditions: The Hunt for the Perfect Tree

 For me and my family the holidays are all about traditions....more
That's one thing I really miss now that we have a fake tree -- the hunt for the perfect tree.more

O Come O Come Emmanuel

I made my first Holy Communion during Advent 1974, and that was the processional song.  It's the first time I remember hearing it--at any rate it's when I learned the words--and so hearing it this time of year has a little bit of extra significance for me!...more

Autumn Flavors

So, this is post 2 for NaBloPoMo and since I'm not sure how to relate "fall" at this time of night (or morning to be exact), I'm going with the prompt for flavor(s)....more


Tonight my mom messaged me on Facebook to tell me a hillarious story. Paige, my eldest daughter is visiting her and dad in California. Here is the initial message:"paige and I are so bored we are messaging each other......I am in bedroom and she is in living

Being An Atheist

I've thought about this post for well over a week. I had a quite disappointing and painful experience with someone, who basically told me that I was a bad person because I didn't believe in the Christian god. First I just brushed it off, but soon I noticed that I actually did hurt. ...more

New Year's Resolutions: My Family's Story of Torture

In two days on Christmas 2012 I'll be at my moms house. Me and my family will do the customary exchange of gifts, eat a fabulous dinner and finish with dessert: left over cookies and cakes served the night before at my cousins house. Everyone is relaxed. The stress of shopping, wrapping, hiding presents is over. After two days of celebrating Christmas Eve and Day, we're all kind of talked out. I have the kind of family that can endure silence. Small talk. We watch the kids play with there presents which tire us out. Round two of eating commences....more

Ornament Tradition for the Kids

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmFor those of you with little kids, here's a Christmas tradition that we've been carrying on since ours were knee-high.We kinda like it, and you may, too.Each year, Santa puts an ornament in their stocking. Some years they've been higher quality ornaments, and other years they've been cheaper, it doesn't much matter.Santa always puts their name and the year on the bottom of the ornament, so they don't get them mixed up in later years....more

Christmas Traditions

This time of year presents itself with many traditions for our family. One tradition we have is to go visit Santa with our best friends. We’ve been going to the local mall together for the past six years. When the kids were little, my friend and I would take the kiddos first thing when the mall opened during the week. We were able to avoid lines and the kids were usually in pretty goods moods....more