The dawn of a new year is usually the time when we think about how we would like for things to be in our lives, make resolutions for change, and then make plans for the future. In some respects, it might be compared to spring cleaning in January - get rid of what you don't want in order to make room for what you do want.
Step One: Love Yourself
It’s Christmas Eve, the night that most Italians celebrate with
family and close friends, awaiting the arrival of the Baby Jesus. In
fact, only at midnight he makes his appearance in the crèche.
My most memorable family-related Christmas disaster came courtesy of my mother-in-law, the very first year that my husband and I were married. She flew across the country to spend the holidays with us, and then proceeded to spend the entirety of her stay reminding me that I was in no way caring for my husband adequately. The nadir of whole experience came Christmas Day, after I had spent the day slaving over a turkey dinner. I had set the table, put out the food, poured champagne into everyone’s glasses and invited my mother-in-law to toast the meal. Which she did.
This season has been a season of questions with my 9 year old son Jakob. He has heard rumors of the maybes and maybe not's when it comes to "believing" in a certain jolly ole Saint Nick.
He hasn't come to the point of "mom is this the truth?"
He has had some doubts I think, but has not vocalized much of them.
Christmas Carols, in Latin and the one in German, for you.
Because if I have to hear The Christmas Shoes one more time, that welps Mama ain't the only one "...gonna meet Jesus"
1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :
2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
I've been concerned for my dear boy who has it in his head that he
must live in a house with no heat (too expensive), with roommates,
transferring to a new college and looking for a job and finishing up
his semester and final exams here in Sac all at the same time. Mom
isn't around to help out and with the economy and jobs the way they're
going, I can't do a lot financially either. Boy do I feel hopeless
He's excited to be living the grown up life. Welcome to the real
world, kind of living. Yeah it hits like a ton of bricks. So as a