Christmas and Fuel Plans

Christmas Traditions, Crafts, Recipes and More

  Re-posting this from my blog. This is a list of blog posts I've written in the past few years about Christmas traditions, recipes, crafts and stories....more

The Truth About Charitable Gift Cards

In my post on green holiday gift giving last month, I mentioned donations to nonprofits. Giving directly to an organization that you know your giftee supports can be a great idea, but if you’re not sure in what way your recipient is philanthropically-inclined, charitable gift cards are a good alternative. The way they work is that you buy a gift card in the amount of your choice, and your giftee then visits the web site to enter the gift card number and choose which charity will get the money. But with several different gift card organizations to choose from, how do you decide which one to support? ...more
Interesting, piece you've written. I have never heard of this before. nicemore

Steps for a Smaller, Saner Holiday Season

It’s that time of year, though, right? When we run around in a fever of to-do lists and cookie exchanges and shopping trips, winding ourselves ever more tightly and feeling ever more Scrooge-like as our blood pressure stages a revolt? It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re stressed about the cookies you forgot to donate for the first-grade Winter Sing and you just realized you’ve got nothing to wear to that “cocktail-chic” holiday party your neighbors are throwing tomorrow night.But wait -- it doesn’t have to be this way. ...more

Grace@Haven, I TOTALLY agree that "stuff leads to stress"! That is a life philosophy of sorts, ...more


We weren't even in the humongous box store five minutes when I felt a tug on my hoodie sleeve.  I smiled down at my five-year-old son."Yes?""Mom?  The clues for the Easter basket scavenger hunt.  They were made on a computer."I raised an eyebrow.  "And?"...more

Christmas Traditions! I'm Exactly Like My Parents!!

The span of time from Thanksgiving to Christmas was such a fantastic part of my childhood!  Baking cookies, making decorations, circling everthing in the Sears Catalog!  The tradition in our neighborhood was for the local fire company to come around with Santa and we all would wait (I'm sure there was a schedule, but we never knew when it would be so we were on our best behavior!) for that special night sometme in December to sit on his lap and find out whether we were on the naughty or nice list! &n...more

Holiday safety tips for pets

Holiday decorations and food and even new holiday toys are very tempting chew toys for pets just like they are for young children....more

A Green Christmas: Reducing Waste and Making Memories

I remember our first Christmas together. My now-husband proposed on Christmas eve. Prior to that, we were "shacking up," as my grandparents referred to it. Despite their disapproval of the "situation," they gave us their old (fake) Christmas tree. It was too big for our apartment. And old. But we loved it. ...more

the idea of sustainability and Christmas!

Our family always decorates the tree in family ...more

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Here are some definitely original and playful finds to fill the stockings of pretty much everyone in the family.We have attempted to classify the gift ideas by the logical recipient type (for lil’ kids, for t(w)eens, for her and for him), but please feel free to cross boundaries!...more

Plus the pocket wrench is from Lee Valley which is right in your neighbourhood!


Happy holidays! (I'm still Jewish, and that's still a huge Christmas tree (and that's okay))

It's that time of year again. Chanukah is ending, Christmas is coming, and the eternal conundrum is still here: just what should be done about the holiday party?...more

Thank you - I love your perspective. It's one I've tried to communicate with my own children, ...more