My Holiday Wish - Tolerance

Most of my friends know that my husband and I (and our families) have very diverse spirtual beliefs.  I'm the token snarky kitchenwitch Pantheist Pagan (or something like that...), my husband is a very open-minded Christian, as are his parents.  My mother is also extremely open-minded Christian, my father is a Druid, etc.  This time of year, we take the opportunity to enjoy time together instead of arguing about the differences in our beliefs.  We all respect each other - not in spite of our differences, but because of them. ...more

Ditch Gift Wrapping: Make Your Own Holiday Bags

The holidays are almost here and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else, many people give gifts. Why wrap those gifts in wasteful wrapping paper when you could wrap it in a beautiful hand-sewn fabric gift bag that can be used over and over for years to come? You still have lots of time to make some! The idea behind the gift bag is that after you give someone a gift wrapped in a cloth bag, that person will use it again to wrap a gift for someone else or maybe they will even give it back to you someday….with a gift inside of course. ...more

Last week I made some fabric gift bags.  They came out great. Check out the picture on my ...more

Celebrating Kwanzaa With Activities and Gifts!

Last month Lainad introduced the concepts of Kwanzaa which begins Wednesday.  While gifts were not initially part of the Kwanzaa celebration, some people do give zawadi, or gifts, on the final day. Others treat Kwanzaa more like Hannukah, giving a small meaningful gift each day of the celebration; with such gifts representing the principle of the day. ...more

i'm happy that Kwanzaa is starting to become more popular. i think everyone, no matter what ...more

Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Feminist

Whether the feminists in your life celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or you just want to give them a little token to show them how much you appreciate their friendship/love, there are tons of great gifts out there. Here are a few of my favorites: ...more

Thanks for the great ideas! It's always nice to be able to combine a good cause and a gift. ...more

Divorced or not for the holidays: Check your expectations

I am a divorced female with one adult child and one minor child. I have stories I could share about my first holiday without my minor child, my fears about what the ex's family might say to our child that might ruin his holiday experience, the questions he might have to answer that would make him uncomfortable. What do these worries illustrate except my family was dysfunctional before its legal break? Divorce didn't mess us up; we were already in trouble, and that's what I'm thinking about this holiday season: How much time do we spend during the holidays trying to manufacture Hallmark card moments when we know that our families are not Hallmark cards, that children sense desperation, and the best gift for the holidays is a peaceful spirit comfortable with itself? ...more

I think I've finally been able to voice the ache I feel at this time of year. It's not the ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for the Music Lover on Your List

Our species uses music and dance to express various feelings: love, joy, comfort, ceremony, knowledge and friendship. - Daniel J. Levitin "Dancing in the Seats" The New York Times Now that it has been scientifically proven that shaking one's booty to the groove is healthy for us humans, music should be at the top of gift lists everywhere.  Here then is a guide to some ways to bring the gift of musical comfort and joy to the lives of your loved ones. ...more

Healthy Pets, Happy Holidays - Keeping Your Best Friends Safe and Sound

It might be said that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who put antlers on their tiny dog at holiday time, and those who don't. ...more

I was really happy that there were so many people blogging about it...But there's so much ...more