Twenty years ago, a ten-year-old girl entered a holiday writing contest for the local newspaper. The theme was “What Christmas Means to Me,” and the entry was mandatory for her fifth-grade class. In typical “me” fashion, I’m sure I...
8 Gifts That Give Back

8 Gifts That Give Back

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One of the most cherished, and sometimes stressful, holiday traditions is gift giving. The perfect present can provide so much joy to an energetic toddler, a cherished aunt, or a beloved friend. How about a complete stranger? It's possible...
I’m a sucker for new Christmas pajamas! In the past they’ve been Christmas Eve gifts for my kids, Christmas card attire, a Christmas movie night surprise or given to everyone on December 1st to wear all month long!  We’ve...
My mom sadly hung up the phone. “They aren’t coming. No one is coming.” We looked around at the impeccably clean house. Tablecloths on and candles ready to be lit. The hors d'oeuvres table was a showcase of fanned out...
It's that time of year again. Jack Frost nips at our noses. Twinkling lights appear on every house and street sign as we rush out in pursuit of the perfect gifts. Bing Crosby serenades us through distant speakers as...
I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And mild and sweet their songs repeat Of peace on earth good will to men And the bells are ringing (peace on earth) Like a choir they're singing (peace on earth) In my...
Author's Note: The use of the term Christmas throughout this post is for simplicity's sake. I recognize and acknowledge that, aside from both secular and religious Christmas, many other observances and holidays (religious, secular, or cultural) are celebrated during this time...
I love Christmas, and this upcoming Christmas will be an exciting one for our family. Although it’s not my 13-month-old's first Christmas, it’s her first time truly experiencing it – the shiny wrapping paper, the twinkling lights, decorating (or climbing on)...
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Tips for Dealing With COVID in Your Family: The Sickness and...

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You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants...