Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.

So it's three days after Christmas. The excitement, the anticipation, the stress...it's all over. According to my Facebook memories, by this date every year, the decorations are already taken down, and there is no trace of Christmas left in the house. Goodbye red ribbons and bows, goodbye mantle garland, goodbye poinsettias. But not this year.… Continue reading Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day

So for the past fifteen years, I've been hosting Christmas Eve. It's a night filled with food & family, of music & merriment. I look forward to it...oh, starting sometime in May. Just a day or so before Christmas Eve, the baking begins; it's tradition. My mom comes over and we bake - and bake… Continue reading It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

We picked out our annual Christmas tree this year. As the tradition goes, we pile in the car, usually late afternoon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and drive to the same tree lot we've been going to since my husband and I first started dating. After looking at just about every tree in the lot,… Continue reading That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Addicted to Sappy Christmas Movies

I have a confession. I’m addicted to the Hallmark Christmas Movie channel. Addicted. And here’s how I know. Today, my boys got off the bus, and usually I’m at the door greeting them. I’m offering them after school snacks and asking about their day. Not today. Nope. Um…not yesterday either. Where was I? At the… Continue reading Addicted to Sappy Christmas Movies