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”

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”

Farewell, Vacation Beard!

Like all good things, vacation too, must eventually come to an end. I’ve had the pleasure of being on vacation for a little over a week from the day job, and I’ve been loving it. From that extra time to run an errand or two at all the places that are normally closed before IContinue reading “Farewell, Vacation Beard!”