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Christmas
12/19/2018
The Christmas I Grew Up The Christmas of 1964 comes close to bringing tears to my eyes even today. We only got presents twice a year: birthday and Christmas. We each got three presents. Often what we got was clearly a cheaper version of what we wanted, but imagination made up the difference... More >>

Tags: AttitudeBudgetChristmasDisappointmentFinancesHolidaysTight budget
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12/11/2018
How to Feel Joy When... Lately, I have felt like a lump of coal pushed in from all sides, so much so, I've said, 'I'm pooping diamonds.' My mom passed in our arms less than 2 weeks ago, my poor dad (married 59 years) is a wreck and needs a lot of help adjusting and lives 5 hours away... More >>

Tags: AttitudeBudgetChristmasEconomyFinancesHolidaysJoyNew Attitude
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01/23/2013
Teaching Manners to Children I just wanted to relay my thankfulness to parents in today's world who take the time to teach manners. This reminded me of a recent Christmas shopping story I have... More >>

Tags: BehaviorChristmasEducationHolidaysKidsMannersParentingRespectTeachingValues
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12/21/2012
Celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day It was December 23rd, 1954. We had just arrived in Santa Ana, California, after spending a year living in "West" Germany, as refugees from what was then, "East" Germany. I was barely 9 years old, but I remember it very clearly. More >>

Tags: ChristmasChristmas EveFamily/Relationships - FamilyHolidaysRelationshipsRelativesTraditions
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12/20/2012
Yes Nick, There Really is a Santa Claus When my son, Nick was in 3rd grade as usual we spent Christmas Eve visiting at my in-laws. All the local family was there for the evening. My sister, Lynne, was expected to arrive at my house on Christmas morning, but... More >>

Tags: ChristmasChristmas EveFamily/Relationships - FamilyHolidaysRelationshipsRelativesSanta Claus
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12/20/2012
Strangers Became Family This Christmas After we were first married, we moved about 300 miles away to New Mexico. On Christmas Eve, my wife and I started to drive back to stay with her (not-so-nice) parents over the holidays. More >>

Tags: ChristmasChristmas EveFamily/Relationships - FamilyHolidaysRelationshipsRelatives
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12/19/2012
The Christmas I Grew Up The Christmas of 1964 comes close to bringing tears to my eyes even today. We only got presents twice a year: birthday and Christmas. We each got three presents. Often what we got was clearly a cheaper version of what we wanted, but imagination made up the difference. More >>

Tags: AttitudeBudgetChristmasDisappointmentFinancesHolidaysTight budget
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12/18/2012
Perspective is Powerful We lost my 10 year old son for about a half an hour this weekend at our town's crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony. I have never been so terrified and heartsick in my life! More >>

Tags: AttitudeBehaviorChristmasGratitudeHolidaysParentingPerspectiveValues
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12/17/2012
How to Survive a (Family-Style) Holiday Vacation For some, family holidays mean one thing: run the other way! Here are some ideas that will help make holiday family time happy, not horrific. More >>

Tags: ChildrenChristmasHolidaysHusbands and WivesKidsMarriageParentingrelationshipRelativesSiblings
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12/10/2012
10-Second Recipes: Make It a Memorable White Christmas with White Chocolate Giving your family a white holiday season they won't soon forget doesn't necessarily mean going skiing or sledding. Substitute white chocolate for dark in your holiday desserts, and you'll be serving up winter wonders that won't be soon forgotten. More >>

Tags: 10 Second RecipesBudgetChristmasHealthHolidaysRecipesStay-at-Home Mom
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