A Christmas Surprise

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I have always gotten endless joy out of all the arts and crafts my kids have brought home from school. A particularly special day was when my son, Zachary brought home something wrapped carefully in newspaper. It was around Christmas time, and his face lit up as he carried the delicate package into the kitchen. [ Read More ]

Holiday Shopping: Some Rules For The Road

Here we are again! It’s that time of year for credit cards and fruitcakes and bright and shiny lights! No one is excluded and all checkbooks are welcome everywhere! If you are wondering what to buy for whom, read on for a little holiday advice. It won’t help at all, but maybe you will have … [ Read More ]

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

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On Christmas Day, Mary Ann helps an elf in peril! [ Read More ]

Christmas With the Lovable Jokers

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One December my family sat in the dining room, enjoying our Christmas dinner. I was probably nine years old at the time. Unbeknownst to me, I was also the object of a sinister conspiracy cooked up by Dad and my sister Kerry. [ Read More ]

Waiting in Line [VIDEO]

Mark never appreciated waiting in line until a trip to Cuba. Find out what changed his mind! [ Read More ]

Holiday Sweets: So Many Traditions

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When and why did the candy cane originate? How many different religions and cultures enjoy gingerbread and marzipan during the holidays? How do these traditions make us more the same than different? These and other tantalizing questions will be addressed below. Read on, my sweets. [ Read More ]

Hannah and I

I am Hannah’s father and Hannah is my daughter, and that’s the way we like it. When she was five years old I took her to see Santa Claus at a local store. [ Read More ]

Is It My Birthday Yet?

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Fire to a little boy is all-consuming. The moment I light a candle in my house, my son climbs up to the table to try and blow it out. [ Read More ]

A Shaving Kit For Boys [PODCAST]

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Megan Mac tells a funny true story about the time she bought her son his first shaving kit for Christmas.  [ Read More ]

Custom Ornaments

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Being from a family of four, most of the ornaments hanging on our family’s Christmas tree are handmade. Frumpy looking Santa Claus’ made out of pop cans, doves made out of construction paper, the classic spray painted macaroni ornament, and many others. [ Read More ]

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