A Christmas Eve Pajama Party

This morning, the Christmas tree lights are unplugged, and it’s just a dark form in the corner of the room. If I touch the needles of the tree, they shatter in my hand. Where presents used to spill out on the floor in abundance, just a carpet of dried needles can be found....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

A lot of food for the holidays

A lot of food for the holidays Is there such things as eating too much during the holidays. So many occasions, so many gatherings, so many celebrations; there is just a lot of everything, every time. Of course all the recipes; the baking, the cooking, the broiling but there is also all the sugary, sweet stuff too ! And talk about the wine, the bubbly, the liquors, the too hard to handle. Ouf, sometimes i just think that we will explode. So far, we had a lot of celebrations already....more

On Underpants and Turkey Revelations, or "Christmas Extravaganza, 2010"

Christmas is complicated for me. For many foolish reasons, most indelibly imprinted during childhood and unreasonably carried forward. Reasons I won't sully the mood with here. The poorly formed point I'm hoping to make is that this Christmas was one of the best ones I've had. And for me, The Grudge-Holder, the Obsessive, the Neurotic, the Often Bitter, that is really saying something. ...more

Isn't that something special? Most of my old books came from antique stores and yard sales. ...more

Trains: A Photo Reflection

 There's a photo I remember from my childhood of my grandfather - we called him Pappy - playing with a Lionel train set that he bought my brother. ...more

What's a Jew to do in Bloggerville on Christmas?

Here is a picture of my baby sitting on Santa's lap. No joy, no tears, nothing. Unaffected. If this picture had accompanying dialogue it would be: "Mom? Aren't we Jewish?" Yep, babe, it's true. And as a result, I'm afraid all this holiday hoopla is not really meant for you....more

Christmas After a Miscarriage

It was at that same 8-week appointment, nearly two years before, that we had heard the the first sounds of life from our beautiful Katherine. After a year of trying to get pregnant, finally hearing her heartbeat made her so real, so completely ours. And as we sat, in that very same room, we were thrilled to have her with us as we prepared to hear her sibling's heartbeat for the first time. ...more
I know your pain too. Many, many years ago I had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy on Christmas ...more

Christmas Morning Rendezvous with: The Love that is Bestowed

Everywhere we go in this holiday season, we see gift boxes.  Boxes under the tree, boxes under "Season's Greetings" banners,  and boxes on the store shelves… They sure make a Christmas tree looks festive!   But what are  these boxes  trying to deliver?  We wonder… things people want? Or is it  love that they wish to deliver?  What if we open each box with the joy of receiving love and not the expectation of “  the things?”...more

Happy Christmas!

Christmas Wish Merry Christmas from Our Snowy Home to Yours!...more

Life is What Happens When You’re Busy Making Plans

After falling ass backwards into marriage with a wonderful man, really more than I could have ever asked for in a person to love me, 5 years later I was getting a little worried. I wasn’t worried about the marriage; it was rock solid with the exception of one not so small issue. I had always known what I wanted in life. There was no time frame on any of it but I knew, in my heart, that I would be married with children and successful at whatever I chose to pursue. Yes, my self-confidence runneth over. One small problem, I met the man of my dreams when I was least expecting it....more

This is such a sweet story and I'm so glad you got the best Christmas present of all. Just wait ...more

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