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  • The Mom Perspective
    December 10, 2021

    The Mom Perspective

    It’s now December. Black Friday has past, and most folks are well into their Christmas shopping. As Brenton and I made our lists of who we were buying presents for, there was a little addition this year. Or rather, there were...

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  • Icy Christmas Lights
    November 28, 2021

    Icy Christmas Lights

    I imagine for most folks going to see Christmas lights around town is a normal occurrence. Whether you visit a popular light display that’s been going on for years, a popular neighborhood that is all decked out, or maybe even...

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  • Christmas Toffee Origin Story
    November 27, 2021

    Christmas Toffee Origin Story

    In our family, we love to celebrate.  Christmas, obviously, is our favorite, but it’s not limited to one holiday or event.  Give us a remotely good reason and we’re down to throw a party to celebrate.  We have an annual...

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  • Every Time A Bell Rings An Angel Gets His Wings
    November 12, 2021

    Every Time A Bell Rings An Angel Gets His Wings

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” is almost unavoidable during the Christmas season. It was a massive flop when it first premiered and the studio neglected to renew the copyright in the 1970s, so into the public domain it fell. So long...

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  • How Do You Like Your Eggs?
    November 5, 2021

    How Do You Like Your Eggs?

    Traditions are big in my family. Growing up, each Christmas Eve we would get all dressed up, go to church for several hours in the evening, drive the precisely .4 miles home, have a little snack, and go to bed. In the morning, I would...

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  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
    October 29, 2021

    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    When you’re a nurse in a hospital, holidays off are hard to come by.  My Mom’s floor had a rule: you were guaranteed one of the big winter holidays off, and they would rotate which holiday you got each year to ensure...

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  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    October 22, 2021

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Christmas in New York is magical; draped in twinkling lights, decorated trees in almost every park and around every major attraction, the smell of cookies, mulled wine and Frasier Fir cascading down the street from various pop-up markets.  The city...

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  • Top Ten Least Loved Christmas Stories
    October 15, 2021

    Top Ten Least Loved Christmas Stories

    When I started high school, a lot changed in our family.  Brenton went off to college, Mom went back to work full time as a nurse, and Dad stayed home after having been laid off from his job.  It was...

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  • Miracle Lasagna
    October 8, 2021

    Miracle Lasagna

    I love my grandmother. I know, I know; I’m far from the only person to say that but I do! She’s a tiny old Irish lady from New York with a big heart and a gentle soul. One of my...

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