It's Your Party and I'll Stay Home If I Want To

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Are people obligated to attend their spouse's office Christmas party? My husband expects me to go to his (I don't make him go to mine), and I REALLY don't want to go. It's just one more thing on my already overscheduled holiday calendar.I don't really know the people there and have little in common with them. Plus, most office parties are completely boring and I kind of resent forking out for a babysitter just so I can hang out with people I don't know and be bored out of my mind....more
If it was me, I would ask my husband what he wanted and then use that as a gauge for my ...more


                         My brain can't go too far back to remember all my regrets. It's just like getting "brain freeze" from eating ice-cream too fast!  Besides most of what I remember was in my teen years. Growing up as a teenager I never really had a gift from someone that I regret losing. It's just the way it was back then. One gift would be replaced by another. But then there was one person who gave me this weird thing on a" necklace" that I wore a lot....more

A Perfect Police Christmas

I worked Thanksgiving so I could have Christmas off. I just found out I will be working Christmas too. We are shorthanded and it’s just the way it is. I’ve decided to make up my own Christmas Day Christmas list for street patrol.All I want for Christmas...#1 Stop at stop signs! It’s easy. Place your foot squarely on the brake, apply pressure and push to the floor. It works every time....more
I was an auxillery policeman for awhile, and loved it. I recognize some of the stories. God ...more

Warming up to Christmas

Count me among those who need a little bit of time after Thanksgiving to get into the spirit of the Yule season (the only time I've ever typed those words, btw). I react badly to the sound of Christmas music and the sight of gaudy store displays before I've had a chance to finish my turkey and stuffing, so much so that the other member of this household refers to me as "grinchy." But give me some time and I can get into the spirit, too....more

Make 'Em Laugh: Gifts of Comedy

What is funny to one person may not be funny to another, but laughter is the healthiest involuntary response (second maybe only to sleep) that your body can experience. Humor identifies common ground, breaks tension and brings people together. So why not spread it around this holiday season?...more
Wrong place for a general comment but, maybe someone will send me the right way . The font, ...more

Happiest Time of the Year…Or Is It?

We've all heard the Christmas song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams. Being that the holidays are in full swing, I'm sure it's one of many you'll hear over and over again, whether on the radio while you're driving or in the shopping mall looking for last-minute gifts. The song sticks with you, and you can't get it out of your head—even when you seem to be overstressed and in a bah humbug mood....more

white chocolate and peppermint meringues

I have to bring a sweet treat to my daughter's little OnStage production tonight and of course I can't just do some simple sugar cookies or basic cupcakes (of course!)So I started plowing through my stack of magazines here in the kitchen and decided something with peppermint would be very fun and festive as well as delicious. These are wonderful!...more

Holidays and Business: Striking a Balance

I have a theory about why there is so much stress around the holiday season...and it holds no judgment or specific-holiday-tradition-centric connotations. Do you know what it is? ...more
Your post is spot on. I gave up my notion of "perfect" a long time ago, and that applies to ...more

Through the Eyes of a Child

Young children have all the answers. They simplify the problem and their solutions are often immediate and...impossible. We've decided on a last-minute trip to see my family before Christmas (we can't make it for the holiday this year.) This is the conversation I had with the girls about it. Dulce: Mama, I want to go see Nana. Me: Well, first I have to buy the tickets. Lilly: Okay! I get you coins! (Runs to the coin box and grabs me a quarter.) Here you go. Let's go see Nana. Me: Well, I'll need more than that....more

Prelude to the Best Christmas Eve Ever

It was a Christmas Eve in the 80s, my first one after college.  My roommate had headed home for the holidays at noon—his home beingMoundsville,West Virginia.  My boyfriend would celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with his family that night, then he'd get up early the next morning and drive three hours, probably way too fast, so we could be together before noon on Christmas Day.               Around six that evening, I wiggled into my winter coat.  Slipped my feet into duck boots whic...more