Dealing With Annoying People at Christmas

People can be so annoying during the Christmas season. These are the folks who, like Glenn Beck, seem to find The Death of Western Civilization hiding behind every store clerk who wishes them "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." To help you spot people like this, I've compiled a handy little list. Once you can identify them on your own, how about offering them some spiked eggnog? You know, to help them relax. ...more
Stick the instigator with the proselytizer. Enjoy. I did this at Thanksgiving with my husband ...more

Christmas Traditions in a "Dysfunctional" Family

The feeling of growing up in a dysfunctional family seems to be common. The term "dysfunctional" indicates that the family did not function at all, which is usually not true. No matter how deep the pathology or how damaged the members, families usually DO function to some extent, especially during the holidays....more

My Family's Holiday Heritage: Christmas Past and New Traditions

I was not born Jewish. I wasn’t raised in any particular religion, but my mom’s side of the family has been Christian for as long as we can remember. My great aunt Pauline has hosted our family’s Christmas Eve celebration for as long as anyone can remember. I'd like to tell you about her....more

My mom, who was the Matriarch in our family, died 11 years ago just months after my last ...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

Sex at the Parents' House and Other Travel Tips for the Holidays

In this largely mobile world, the holidays usually involve traveling to someone's home. As though the indignity of body scans and being herded like cattle weren't enough, you now have to contend with being a guest in someone else's home. If you're lucky, you're staying at your parents' house, which you know fairly well, and whose inhabitants you can easily manage. If you're not so lucky, you're staying at your significant other's parents' house, which you don't know that well -- if at all -- and whose inhabitants must see you at your best at all times. How will you survive? ...more
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Remembering what's important

Just three days before Christmas, everything is about peace and love and family and the true meaning of this holiday that has become so commercialized and in many instances, has lost its true meaning. Over the years, my family has slowly moved from all the traditional pieces of celebrating Christmas: we stopped putting out the manger display, we don’t go to church, and we don’t go all out on the decorations anymore....more

Scared of the Holidays? Hurray!

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Motherly Advice: Santa v. The Truth

Fred Gailey (attorney representing Kris Kringle): Your Honor, every one of these letters is addressed to Santa Claus. The Post Office has delivered them....more

Childfree-Parent Friendships During the Holidays

Childfree-parent friendships can have their challenges, but this time of year can bring special kinds of challenges.  Obviously, the childfree don’t do the Santa thing with their kids, but the parents do.  There can be expectations of gifts and attending parties with kids.  Or the...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