It's ironic that the so-called "happiest time of the year" can actually be the most stressful. There's something about being home for the holidays that can bring out the worst in people. That's why I've got this handy guide to surviving home for the holidays. I guarantee you'll find at least one . . .
If you've got kids or grandkids there's nothing more fun than helping them make easy, crafty holiday gifts. It's a cool thing to do any time but especially if you've got some time with them over Thanksgiving. You're not just making gifts--you're making memories. And this works even for . . .
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But dreaming is all I can do. It's winter, and this stack of wood outside the Santa Fe home we have rented the past two autumns must be coming in handy to combat the chill of a Santa Fe winter. We're not there now, but I can imagine it clearly. As I write, snow showers are forecast for the Santa . . .
Holiday atrocities? Oh yeah. This is the first year I've seen some horrific things at our usual Christmas tree lot, and I simply had to share. Because, well, they are pretty atrocious. Well, it was bound to happen. Pink. Pink is not a Christmas color. Pink is for newborn baby girls. An . . .
Having read all your posts about family gatherings during which tensions ran high, I realize it's time to revive last year's post about surviving family and friends for the holidays. Ah, last year. When maybe we fought with our relatives about the little things. Boy, have things changed. Anyway, . . .
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It's that time of year again. Whether Jesus was the Son of God or a wise teacher or even just mythological, when we celebrate this holiday we celebrate the power and glory of the Divine, the Creator, Mother/Father God, the Great Spirit or whomever you believe started things off with a bang. So it . . .
We decided to take a San Francisco holiday last week, and spent a couple nights up the peninsula, enjoying the sights and sounds of the City at this festive time of year. Easy to do, as we live only 55 miles south of the city. Dinner with wonderful friends made our stay extra-special and so much . . .
Maybe like us, you have way too many ornaments. Our Christmas tree last year was over-the-top laden with ornaments, but this year, we wanted to do something different. We wanted to trim the tree with only the special ornaments acquired on our travels. Because when we travel, we always buy a special . . .