There is one phrase my kids utter that keeps me up at night. I agonize over it, get sweaty thinking about it, and fill my google search history with questions about it. It fills me with dread and always comes up when I least expect it. “Mama, is Santa real?” Santa attitudes and practices vary… Read More Christmas without the Big Guy
I guess I’m simple. I want my sons to grow up to be nice people who strive to make this imperfect world better. I try to model, not just talk about, important values. Honesty is among the values I hold most dear. I tell my kids the truth, even when it is hard, because I… Read More Christmas Makes Me Feel Like Such a Liar
It was Christmas night and all of the Christmas presents had been opened (or so we thought) and everyone’s bellies were stuffed full of delicious food. My two daughters and nephew were happily playing in my dad and step-mom’s (affectionately called Grandpa and Nonna by their grandchildren) living room when all of a sudden the… Read More A Magical Visit from (Grand) Father Christmas
I have a pretty vivid (pre-kid) memory of going over to a friend’s house who was already a parent on Christmas Eve. While we sipped beers, she and her husband frantically wrapped presents and assembled toys. Their family tradition is that Santa brings all the toys and they arrive only on Christmas morning. So, that… Read More Get Your Santa Story Straight!
I knew that it would happen eventually – and I knew it was coming. At 10 (going on 25!), I knew that my son’s unwavering belief in Santa was coming to an end…or at least there were seeds of doubt in his mind. In the early part of the summer, my son “A” and I… Read More Don’t Stop Believin’
It goes without saying that our hearts of broken after last Friday’s events. While this post is not about the tragedy in Newtown, it is inspired by my need to hold on to the innocence and wonder in my children. Besides, couldn’t we all use a bit of magic and wonder right about now? To… Read More Preserving the Magic
I believed in Santa until I was almost 11. When other kids were telling me he wasn’t real, I would tell them about how he called me every Christmas Eve. He knew what I wanted most, what I had been doing in school and dance, and I even heard Rudolph in the background. I may… Read More The Truth About Santa
So, remember those Sugarless Halloween Treats? Let’s make something for Christmas! I am not against giving your kids sugary treats all the time (we made and frosted cookies the other night). But for the class gathering/party there is always an abundance of candy canes, chocolate, cupcakes and cookies that sometimes it’s nice to bring something different. So… Read More Santa Pizza for the Class