Tag: Christmas

New Tunes for Your Christmas Playlist

I loooove Christmas music.  My holiday CD collection (yes, I still own CDs) is on heavy rotation right after Thanksgiving and throughout the entire month of December.  There’s nothing that takes me back to my childhood faster than Perry Como, Nat King Cole, or Bing Crosby crooning a holiday tune.  But my collection includes more

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The Magic of the Season: Creating New Traditions

The holiday season is in full effect in my house.  Just before I sat down to write this blog post I overheard my daughter singing “Jinger Bells, Jinger bells. Jinger all the way. Hey!” (quite loudly I might add) after tucking her into bed for the night. I still have a huge grin on my

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The Gift Card Grab Bag, and Other Holiday Fails.

I always espoused the view that Christmas should not be about the gifts you get or how much money you spend on others, but about family and togetherness and those important things in life.  But in recent times, despite how hard my family tries to focus on “the important things,” it seems like we are

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Secular But Not Atheist: Christmas and the Agnostic Parenting Dilemma

When it comes to parenting, my husband and I have taken a very laidback approach, which was surprising to me.  Anyone who spends more than a minute talking to me will quickly learn that I am not laidback about anything, at least not if I can help it.  As with school, and then my career,

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Surviving the Holidays with Young Children

With Thanksgiving coming up in 1 short week, it is official: the holidays are upon us.  And with that, mothers everywhere are looking forward to peaceful, relaxing, days filled with nothing but pleasantries, delicious food, and good holiday cheer. Ha! [credit] More like wrestling overtired and highly sugared children out of their stained t-shirts and into something moderately presentable before schlepping

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