On Christmas Eve Eve, my family and I docked in NYC from an 11-day cruise. We haven’t taken a family trip like this in…ever.* I blame Gram for the entire thing. A few years ago, while reminiscing about cruises she had taken long ago, one thing led to another and the planning began. *No, seriously, … More Our Family Cruise
I didn’t see Miracle on 34th Street (the original) until I was an adult.* There’s a quote from the movie one of the Christmas stations in our area plays between songs. It is the essence of the movie and the standard from which I draw my enthusiasm for Christmas, even during the times of year … More In a Christmas Frame of Mind
How is it the middle of December already? Can someone please press the pause button on my holiday season? Before you know, it will be Easter and everyone will be looking at me funny because I’m still singing Christmas tunes. I have three different ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ decorations in my house which stay up … More Four for Friday!
This is the picture I chose for our Christmas card this year. A decent picture of the two of us where we both are smiling and looking at the camera is a rare find…and this one fills me with both joy and longing. We stand in the land that calls my heart…Vermont, specifically, the Von … More Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve!! Please tell me you celebrate Christmas Eve Eve. I didn’t always, however, out of necessity and the desire to stretch this holiday out to its fullest elastic potential, I began. For as long as I have been on this beautiful earth, I have celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. Never did the … More It’s Christmas Eve Eve!
I put my Christmas tree up last week…on November 1st, to be exact. My Christmas impulses subject me to discovering the spectrum of stances people have for the holidays. I’ve heard it all, and regardless, I will continue to listen to Christmas music in July and bargain with my husband over putting my tree up … More Happy Holidays
Just in case you’re wondering when I’ll finally admit to reaching that ugly age involving a three and a zero*, the answer is…never. *And the first person to point out that that is no longer my age gets indefinitely shunned. Spending last birthday with Paula Deen Tomorrow is my birthday. Despite the unreasonable aversion that … More The 6th Anniversary of my 25th
I once read that it is far too expensive to make your own ice cream. This did not deter me from adding an ice cream maker to my Christmas list. After all, I am the same person who has made her own almond milk, seasoned bread crumbs, French and Italian breads, vanilla extract, and more! … More Homemade Ice Cream
By now we have all given elegantly wrapped presents that up until Christmas sat in our homes complimenting our Christmas decorations as they waited to be given. In return, we have received treasures handpicked by those we love that now wait to be used in cardboard boxes and Christmas bags scattered at the bottom of … More Christmas Lists and Favorite Gifts
If you enjoy horticulture and are a Christmas lover, Longwood Gardens is a stop you need to plan for one of your days off for Christmas*. What amazes me most is that Longwood Gardens has arranged nature into the most appealing display possible and then, on top of this, somehow envisioned a way to compliment … More A Longwood Christmas