Tag Archives: Christmas

Unexpected gifts.

There’s a quirky article in The Wall Street Journal today regarding the upside of “sloppily wrapped” gifts. This caught my eye, as I am one of those slapdash gift-wrappers whose gifts look like they were wrapped by an assembly line … Continue reading

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What are we waiting for?

It’s just a little ironic that after nine “expectant” months of waiting, waiting, waiting, we enter the season of…waiting. Welcome to Advent. When our boys were small and life seemed so simple, they would burst out of Sunday School proudly … Continue reading

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Family Album: it was very, very, VERY merry.

Not a creature is stirring, because they’ve all gone home, but we had a houseful, and the best Christmas ever. Auntie Gail arrived first, and then Taylor. Ron joined Gail this year and we were all – especially Lily – … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season.

The season of sheer panic, that is. Yes, it is the Season of Giving and it is is giving me (and possibly you) nothing but headaches. I have Santa envy. I no longer want to play Santa. I want to … Continue reading

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Who stole my week?

I would like to inform everyone running for president in 2020 that my vote will go to the candidate who vows to legislate a mandatory five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And, hey, if you throw in the abolition of … Continue reading

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Family Album: Christmas 2018

We’ll get back to the Danube next week, but for now, still basking in what might have been our best Christmas ever. The house and our hearts all bursting at the seams. So great to have all the siblings together: … Continue reading

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Eenie, Meenie, Miney and Moo.

An excellent feature of a large family is that half of them can decide to run off to the frozen tundra for Christmas and we still had enough of a contingent here to celebrate. The CE’s sister, Gail, decided to stay … Continue reading

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Thomas Fire: the Aftermath.

Why is it that on the shortest days of the year I have the longest lists? Dawn arrives in the thinnest, milky colors these December days and then, it seems, dark falls again before I can get anything done. I … Continue reading

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Family Album: Best Christmas Ever.

And I’ve got the snaps to prove it. With twelve people in the house, we had some novel sleeping arrangements, but it all worked out: Stripes were in: So was fur: Speaking of fur, Chloe was happy to see Taylor: … Continue reading

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And for you, a lump of coal.

Oh, I’ve got a list. And I’m checking it twice. But you may wish you weren’t on it. I promise to get merry somewhere along the line. And I’m even hoping for calm and bright. But right now, that whole “most … Continue reading

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