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From Santa’s Helper: A Pre-Christmas Gift to Make for Children

Santa’s Helper Project Christmas, for young children, is a magical time of flying reindeer, toy-making elves, and a jolly, benevolent, red-suited man who fulfills hopes and wishes with his annual nocturnal visit.  In the weeks and days before Christmas, every child’s imagination is sparked by the wonder and anticipation of Christmas morning.  But waiting for … 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

‘Tis The Season for Socialist Santa!

Depending on where you are from, you have probably, at some time, participated in the holiday gift-giving tradition of “Secret Santa”, “Kris Kringle”, or “Pollyanna”, either at work or with a group of friends.  It’s that system of randomly (and secretly) selecting the name of a person in the group for whom to give a … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Traditions: What Do You Do?

In my latest post, I shared a new Thanksgiving Day tradition that I created for my family (see New Thanksgiving Day Traditions).  I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving Day traditions.  Maybe your family has a unique way to celebrate or a delicious recipe that’s brought out once a year.  Share your thoughts and … Continue reading

New Thanksgiving Day Traditions

Several years ago, my then-fiance/now-husband and I ventured to combine our family Thanksgiving Day dinners into what became the biggest celebration of Thanksgiving Day that either of us had ever been a part of, let alone host.  It was an amazing feat to accommodate 32 people, sitting together at what appeared to be one long, … Continue reading