Happy first day of winter! Can you believe it's three days until Christmas? It came so fast this year, and the fact that it has been so warm around here doesn't help either. It's going to be almost 60 degrees tomorrow, and the extended forecast looks pretty mild. Thanks again, El Nino!Well, I am thankful to still be exercising outside and not stuck on the "dreadmill" because of the frigid weather. It does make the dark days a little easier I guess! I have had plenty to do inside the house, I put up three Christmas trees this year!...more
Dear Mouthy Housewives,We live in a neighborhood where everyone decorates the outside of their house for Christmas. We never do because we go out of town and aren't that into spending money on something that doesn't matter to us. However, recently a couple of neighbors have passive-aggressively made comments about how bad it looks to have our house dark on a festive street. Should I cave in and hang up some lights (which I can't afford to give either time or money to) or just ignore them? I don't want to cause trouble.Signed,Am I Gretchen the Grinch?...more
I was excited when I was asked to be a part of BlogHer's Getting Noticed This Holiday editorial series. I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about. Then, I realized that what gets me noticed are my outside-the-box Christmas touches, ideas that require very little money, but make me smile, and inspire others.
With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to scout for the giant cat toy…er, Christmas tree that, for many of us, will take over the living room for several weeks. Yes, it's messy and a bit of a hassle but I look forward to that wonderful pine smell and rediscovering all the gorgeous ornaments that have been patiently waiting in the basement all year long....more
Now that Christmas is finished, we are faced with the daunting task of putting away all the decorations. Usually, it's just a stash and dash type of method (do you remember the chaos it was when you unpacked everything this year?) but, there are some things that can make next year's decorating less stressful. Before you start putting decorations away, really look at the decorations you didn't use this year....more
by Dr. Patricia Yarberry AllenI loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother. The trees could never be tall enough, the lifetime collection of ornaments, each with a story, could never be enough to decorate each year’s tree in order to fill my sons’ memory banks with joy. There was the Christmas when we lived in a townhouse on Madison Avenue. The parlor had heavy double wooden doors … just like in the Nutcracker....more
By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
There is nothing like the Holiday Season.
But great as it may be, don’t you find that you are already dreading having to put it all the stuff away and clean it all up? Well fret not, here are a few tips to make the holiday decoration clean up easy (and inexpensive).
Here's a post from my personal blog la Matriarch about my sister's husband who won't allow anybody in the family to participate in the decorating of the Christmas tree.
Do you have any weirdness about decorating your tree, or is everybody encouraged to participate?
Cross posted at Flamingo House Happenings and brought here because this is one of the things I thought of when I read Mir's post about blending holiday family traditions.
I said this morning on Twitter that we had successfully decorated the house and tree last night - with all six children (and two extra significant others) and no fights or meltdowns. This was true. But the Advent Calendar Angst has begun - quietly, so far.