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Holiday Light Debate - White Vs. Multicolor

OK, so now for a little bit of fodder. I was listening to the radio--yes, again, while stuck in traffic, AGAIN!--the other day and they were "debating" the merits of having only white lights on the Christmas tree versus using multi-color lights to ad...

Finally Giving Up Fantasy Family Festivities

As with most parts of parenthood, I visualized in my head the way things would be once I was a mother and nothing was clearer in my fantasies than future family Christmases. There would be a fire, merrily crackling in the fireplace causing my daug...

In Defense of the Fake Christmas Tree

Growing up, if you'd ever asked me if I'd have a fake Christmas tree, I'd have laughed in your face. The fake trees I encountered as a child were tacky, cheap and, frankly, highly flammable. In fact, my grandparents had an artificial tree that nearl...

Kid-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Growing up, I always had a Christmas tree. When I was little, I don't recall considering pulling it over or removing (and eating) the ornaments on it, but those of us with kids know those are the serious risks we take when we engage in one of the m...

When Should Christmas Decorations Go Up?

As I am sure you've noticed, many stores have had their Christmas decorations up since well before Halloween. Even Ellie - who loves Christmas like an eight-year-old should - is annoyed by that. Her dislike of this premature hall-decking may have bee...

Christmas tree allergy?

Yesterday we threw out my parents' Christmas tree. It's after Christmas so not such a big deal, but normally they keep one until New Year's Day. My mother thinks she is allergic to Christmas trees and has basically been sick ever since she and my ...

Recycling your Christmas tree

I'll admit it -- my Christmas tree usually ends up festering in my backyard, slowly turning black and causing a rousing case of eyesore until I finally get my butt in gear, sometime in Spring, and haul it shamefacedly off to the dump (more apt: coerc...

The great gift challenge

This year, for the first time in what seems like ages, there is a new member of our family: our son. We're used to getting the same old presents for our parents and siblings and grandparents, but this year we're thinking along different lines. I ...

When to deck the halls

For the past few years, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been the official "deck the halls" day at our house. Filled with the excitement of the holiday, we can't wait to transform our home into a Christmas wonderland. We have a lovely and huge arti...

Instant DIY photo ornaments

Okay, I admit it. I jest loves me them guys at Photojojo. Their photorope scares me, yet it excites me at the same time. I plan to get some fotoclips and mailable photo frames after the holidays. Their latest, however, I'm going to get started on now...

Merry Christmas from the tropics!

Hopefully, you're just reading this to take a break from all the merriment of the day.  As for us, today we'll be busy opening presents, visiting family, eating traditional Trini food (including pastels, black cake and baked ham), and by the eve...

The Christmas tradition that would: a tale

Once upon a time there was a mama. She was an energetic mama, full of ideas, vim, vigor and spice. She had plans, big plans, and they revolved around the perfect Christmas. She had some very excellent ideas about a bucolic, authentic celebration, ful...

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