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Stranger Danger

strangerOur holidays have always been steeped in tradition. First, Christmas stockings are always hung “by the chimney with care”. One year, when Matt was 5 years old, he called me up to his room. It was close to midnight on Christmas Eve and Matt was still awake. Continue reading

OCD Christmas

 

Christmas was always so fun for me as a child, so when I began my family, I wanted to make sure they had as much fun with it as I did.  For the first 2 ½ years, when Bradley was an only child and we lived in New Berlin, we would come and stay in Beaver Dam for the holidays.  Christmas Eve was always spent with the in-laws and Christmas Day was with my family.   Continue reading

Once is Enough

moviesEveryone seems to have a favorite Christmas movie that they love to watch over and over during the holiday season.  I don’t.  First of all, I hate to watch movies more than twice.  If I were to sit through a movie that I have seen before I get really bored and just can’t continue watching it.  There are a few exceptions like “Because I said so”, The Wedding Date” and a couple more.  But they have also reached their expiration date to me at this time. Continue reading

White Christmas

My all-time favorite Christmas movie would have to be White Christmas.  By the time the season is done, I will have watched it at least a dozen times. The music and dancing make me smile every time. Continue reading

Miracle on 34th Street

miracleChristmas is a time for wishes and dreams, fantasy and reality. Miracle on 34th Street brings to life the world of Doris who works for Macy’s and her young daughter who has been taught that reality is black and white and the only experience that holds the truth. That means no Santa Claus, no hopes and wishes, and no room for embracing possibilities. Continue reading

No Black Friday Please!

I love how our family does the holidays…  Each of us gets a holiday to organize and coordinate – for example, Mom’s house for Christmas, my house for Easter, and Lisa’s house for Thanksgiving.  We used to do Easter at Judy’s till she moved away and then I got that holiday… Now that she’s back, we’ll have to reorganize the holiday schedule somewhat.
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Thanksgiving – The Simple Life

This is one of my favorite holidays.  It is a celebration, lots of food, and, of course, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying a relaxing time together.  This seems so much more relaxing than say Christmas as the hysterical shopping binges, and fighting crowds actually makes me crazy.  I love the thanksgiving decorations, smells, and the feeling of celebration that I get from this holiday.

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