Santa and Friends: The Real Story Beyond the Lights

Looking at all the colorful lights and holiday displays you would probably say everything is going splendidly. But I promise you, things are not always as they seem. I felt a lot of anxiety in the air as I drove through my neighborhood. Maybe Santa and friends are anxious about the big night. Could be. I … Continue reading Santa and Friends: The Real Story Beyond the Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

This week's photo challenge is Gathering.  Document a gathering and share your interpretation with us. For this challenge, I would like to share a most recent gathering. It's a gathering of Cookie Decorators. Have you ever seen so many cookies? Enough for everyone to decorate, no matter the age. Decorate your cookie however you like. You … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

Not Exactly Hallmark Moments

It was only yesterday that we managed to decorate our Christmas tree. I'm sure we get the prize for being the last on the block. Really, I don't have an excuse. As I write this, there are only four days to spare before Christmas. I admit I'm a bit delayed this year. Okay, really I've never been this … Continue reading Not Exactly Hallmark Moments

The Trimmings Tell the Real Story

Walking through my neighborhood, I pause to look at the various holiday decorations. And, guess what? I'm on to you, Santa. Santa has been very bad. If you look deep enough, and trust me, I always look deep, you will just need a few clues to put this puzzle together. You think Santa has been … Continue reading The Trimmings Tell the Real Story

A Caroling We Will Go

Tis the season for caroling. Singing together in joy and attempted harmony.  I grew up with this idea, singing alongside my brothers and sisters. Two neighboring Catholic families joined together. Our family of six kids, plus theirs, ten kids strong. A gathering filled up our houses, especially if spouses and friends joined in, which happened … Continue reading A Caroling We Will Go

A Christmas Journey: Ghost of the Past

Just because you reserve a U-Haul doesn't mean it's guaranteed. In fact, to U-Haul it means diddly. Even if you explain that you're moving 1,000 miles across three states in the middle of winter. They shrugged. So much for planning. The year was 2001, two days before Christmas, Mr. Bumble and I arrived at the … Continue reading A Christmas Journey: Ghost of the Past

How About a Lovely Tree in Your House?

I've been doing some heavy thinking these days. Does anyone think it's strange to cut down a living tree, put it in your house, and decorate it? How strange are we to do this? If you consider that the first "tree inside the house" had actual candles on it, yes, it is indeed strange. This … Continue reading How About a Lovely Tree in Your House?