Unpacking Christmas Memories

Every day of December brings an opportunity for unpacking Christmas memories. Through this month most of us have a schedule filled with preparations, events, invitations, and celebrations of every kind. Many celebrations represent traditions that remind us of family history and link us to our culture. During the past few days, I’ve indulged in reminiscing.  […]

‘Good Stress’ — Have a Happy Holiday

This year I plan to have a ‘good stress’ Christmas. For too many years, this holiday meant rushing through the days of December with anxiety about entertaining, panic as I searched for the right gifts, worry about what to wear to obligatory parties, and concern about food preparations. I used to joke that I needed […]

Musings about Christmas Tree Trimming Rituals

Our house is moving into high gear to get ready for Christmas celebrations.  Because of our vacation in early December everything is behind schedule.  By some miracle we have sent the cards and letters, planned the menus, and begun the shopping.  We have simplified much of the hoopla of Christmas. The tree trimming ritual is an […]