Dear Macy’s…

Soooo, back around Thanksgiving, we decided to add some new ornaments to our holiday decor. I dutifully picked out a cool selection that fit our style and colors, then proceeded to order online. Why online? Partly I was too darned busy to get to the stores and partly the ones that I really wanted were…

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Santa Paws?

OK, I’m sharing this because it’s just so flippen’ cute. Really. Seriously. And besides, you can win pet products. Really. Seriously. For Christmas. If you know me, you know I don’t normally do commercial posts. And this isn’t a commercial, really. This is about a sweepstakes, which I also normally don’t do. But the story…

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Holiday decorating in the city

It’s that time of year again! Last year, we wound up purchasing more lights, more ornaments, more… well… everything. Why? Because we had gone from being in a small place, where a 6′ tree felt big to the new place where a 6′ tree would have gotten lost. And so… last year’s tree was a…

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let the holiday battles begin… “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

It’s not even Thanksgiving and the annual set of holiday arguments has begun. Is it “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Are nativity scenes on public park land charming and traditional, or are they an affront to the secularly minded? And the list goes on. In response to the “Merry Christmas” debate, personal choices have no…

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Halanksmas… the new holidays

On November 2, I walked into my local grocery store to pick up a few things and stopped dead in my tracks. There I stood surrounded by half-off Halloween candy, looking at gigantic cans of pumpkin pie filling (who uses that stuff?) and I was hearing… Christmas music! Gah! It’s too early for this! And…

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A world of silliness…

Christmas brought the kids… and of course, Mom with her camera, taking (or trying to take) a bunch of cute kid pics. What I wound up with, oddly enough, were dozens of blurry, or semi-blurry shots of the bundle of bouncing insanity that is The Boy – including oodles of lovely faces, a la Calvin……

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Holiday Decor – it’s that time of year again…

It happens every year… Immediately on the tail of all the Back-to-School sales, it starts. What starts? The holiday madness of course! I remember as a kid eagerly awaiting the time when the Halloween stuff would hit the shelves, usually not until the very end of September, sometimes even early October. It was an anxious…

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree – you’re such a pain in the butt to me!

Most of my decorating is done the weekend following Thanksgiving – but the tree, oh that little marvel of evergreen loveliness, it waits. It waits because I don’t do a fake tree, but I still deal with the big tub of water, the pine needles and the inevitable stains on my light beige carpeting (what…

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Count Your Blessings & De-stress!

Prompted by the constant onslaught of “how do you keep so calm with all the holiday stress?” stuff, and updated for 2007. If anything, I’m more relaxed this year, less stressed, enjoying what I have and not worrying about what I don’t. This year, we’ll be doing a lot of driving at Christmas. The kids…

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