The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For some it’s tearing open wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Others, it might be downing turkey with friends and family or hunting for some eggs on Easter Sunday. For others, it might be dressing up in costumes on Halloween, or knocking back a few pints with friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  But for me, theContinue reading “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

The Gnome that saved our Christmas

With the hustle and bustle of life keeping us in an ever-increasing flurry – what needs to get done, who needs to be where – this time of year can lose a bit of its magical luster as we get older and slip into the robe of responsibility that is adulthood and parenthood. We carryContinue reading “The Gnome that saved our Christmas”

The Christmas Letdown

So here we are. Halfway through the winter season here in the northeast, the holidays over, the decorations all put away (minus the red and white lights out in front of our house that seem to nag at me whenever I see them yet never call to me with the urgency needed to get myContinue reading “The Christmas Letdown”

All I want for Christmas is a cliche

It’s that time of year for many. Decorations go up, lights strewn around the house, frantic attempts to finish shopping in time, and that age-old question “what do you want for Christmas?” It’s an answer that in youth came with ease. I see it in our son with how easily he rattles off a fewContinue reading “All I want for Christmas is a cliche”

Holiday Wrap-Up: Oh, Christmas Tree

When Meg and I started out, we had an artificial tree. It was nothing elaborate – just something simple and nice that she picked up on sale one Black Friday that worked fine for our little two-person Christmases. Little by little, our household grew – one cat, two cats, three cats, and finally one tinyContinue reading “Holiday Wrap-Up: Oh, Christmas Tree”

The Game of Jacob Marley

Have you ever played the Game of Jacob Marley? Yeah, me neither. Until I had a two-year old that it is. The little guy has been quite a fan of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” – an affection not just limited to this time of year. He’s requested to watch it pretty regularly since Summer, actually. It’sContinue reading “The Game of Jacob Marley”

Passing the time with Old Fezziwig

It’s Christmas Eve. And all I can think is ‘how the heck did it get here so quickly?!’ I’m not talking in that ‘I’m unprepared!” way when events sneak up on your despite their regularity every year. No, I mean, what the heck happened to the lead-up? This revelation hit me when, of all things,Continue reading “Passing the time with Old Fezziwig”

“Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind…”

I love the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” If you have yet to see this movie, and you want to believe that human beings can be good, decent people, please do so. Don’t bother with made-for-tv versions or theatrical remakes years later. Go for the real deal. Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and NatalieContinue reading ““Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind…””

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

One of the things I love about the holidays is some of the great history that comes along with it. I’m an absolute sucker for the History Channel’s documentaries on the stories behind Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. The old photos, newspaper clippings, engravings – there’s just something so amazing to not only learnContinue reading “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

Each Man’s Life Touches So Many Other Lives…

Tonight we watched a holiday favorite and a staple in our DVD collection, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” With a five month old now added to the mix, I admit that our movie viewing habits have drastically reduced, or have become divided into segments. After all, any time we get where he is napping is usuallyContinue reading “Each Man’s Life Touches So Many Other Lives…”