Filed under Holidays

It’s Time For A Parade!

If it’s July 4th, it’s time for a parade! In my community, as in many communities across America, a parade is the time for neighbors to come out and cheer on the family, friends, and local community groups who will walk proudly past.  In my town we haven’t always had an Independence Day parade, but … Continue reading

Greeting A New Year and Each New Day

It’s New Year’s Eve and I am thinking about what that means to me.  To be honest, as I grow older, I am coming to realize that holidays are like a double-edged sword.  While there is a joyful, celebratory side to look forward to, holidays seem to come with a lot of stress and anxiety.  … Continue reading

From Secret Santa: Dear Annette…

Recently I posted my letter to my Secret Santa on this blog (See Dear Secret Santa).  I had told my Secret Santa that the reason I was a little late in making my Christmas Wish List known was because, when it came down to it, I really didn’t want for anything; that I really had … Continue reading

Dear Secret Santa

Dear Secret Santa, I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in getting my list of gift ideas to you, but you see, it’s the same problem I have every year: I really don’t want for anything. I know, there’s always something to want.  For example, world peace could be at the top of my list, alongside … Continue reading

The Christmas Story Gets A Modern Twist

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a previous time in history, like say, at the time of the birth of Jesus?  Maybe, like many, you’ve considered what your life would be like without the convenience and ease of modern invention, and you’ve thought, “You know. I’m kinda happy living … Continue reading

Holiday Movie Favorites

One of my favorite holiday movies from childhood is Rudolph.  I loved the type of animation used, the characters, the music, and Burl Ives’ voice and likeness.  It was engaging in every way.  And who couldn’t see him/herself in Rudolph in some way?  Like many of us, he was the misunderstood, under-appreciated, awkward kid who … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly? Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la!” …or, at least that’s how the song goes.  While the holidays are a time for celebration and socializing, gift-giving and indulging, for many of us they are a time for worry, anxiety, and depression.  There are pressures to … Continue reading