How To Plan Christmas In A Multigenerational, Multiblended Family Without Duels To The Death

How To Plan Christmas In A Multigenerational, Multiblended Family Without Duels To The Death

By Carrie Eckles The bulk of my childhood was spent splitting Christmas day between the houses of both of my grandmothers’. For lunch, we would go to my dad’s mom’s (Ma’s) house; for supper, we would go to my mom’s mom’s (Grandmommy’s) house. And it was very evenly split like that until my mom’s mom […]

Flocked Trees, Christmas Ninjas And A Borrowed Miracle

Flocked Trees, Christmas Ninjas And A Borrowed Miracle

By Tracy Madlener It’s the holiday season once more and it never fails, I, Tracy Madlener become a mushy ball of sentimental goo with no rhyme or reason that even listening to Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” will put me in tears!  As soon as December 1 is marked off […]

Solidarity With All And For All – Help Those Helping Others

Solidarity With All And For All – Help Those Helping Others

By Barbara Farina   After the disastrous aftermath left by Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. and several countries in Central America suffering various disasters, physical damage to property and human loss, I cannot stop asking myself the same question I ask every year at this time. “How will all those people going to spend the […]

Hope Is The Greatest Gift Of All

Hope Is The Greatest Gift Of All

By Amanda Fox The holidays are a joyous time! What isn’t there to like about them? There are presents, people wishing us a happy whatever we celebrate, and oh, the food and seasonal snacks to die for! There are people, however, that aren’t overjoyed on the holidays. Some people might call them a Grinch, killjoy […]

Love, Life, and Family-Mend Fences at the Holidays

Love, Life, and Family-Mend Fences at the Holidays

By Carrie Eckles   December 25, 2012 will be my first Christmas without my mom. The furthest I’ve ever been away from her was a six hour drive. There isn’t a greater distance than the distance between life and death. And I’m not talking about the afterlife or how they’re in your heart—they’re always close […]

The Christmas Tree: Magic MUST Be True

The Christmas Tree: Magic MUST Be True

By Knikkolette Church One evening close to Christmas a few years back, a single mother came in to the “Toy Shop” a program MUST offers to families who could not otherwise provide a Christmas for their children. The mother came in with a look of sadness, almost despair. She knew she did not have the […]