holidays and celebrations

The Joy of the Holiday Card

2017-05-18T14:50:13+00:00 December 12th, 2011|holidays and celebrations|

I just love Christmas cards, annual holiday letters, and family photos that come in the mail. It doesn't make sense. David Sedaris' classic parody in Holidays On Ice should have done in the holiday letter for good: Many of you, our friends and family, are probably taken aback by this, our annual holiday newsletter. You've [...]

The Color-Coded Tree

2011-12-04T22:19:57+00:00 December 4th, 2011|holidays and celebrations|

We put up our Christmas tree today, and I love the smell of pine, the forest-y mess of the needles and dust. But every year I put up a tree, I remember vividly my childhood Christmas job with a very different tree. It was probably in the early seventies that we went to Sears as a family, [...]

Thankful at Last

2011-12-04T22:20:51+00:00 November 27th, 2011|holidays and celebrations, waiting and wanting kids|

I love all of the holidays, and always have. My mother made my brother and I hunt for Easter Eggs every spring until I was in my 20s. As long as she lived, the holidays were enforced, in a good way. Since we've set out in earnest to adopt kids, I've looked forward to enforcing holiday celebrations [...]