Popular Valentine’s Day Gifts I Won’t Be Buying My Valentine

Valentine's Day

By Amber Leventry Lest anyone not have noticed that the grocery store displays changed right after Christmas to heart-shaped boxes and red bags of chocolate, Valentine’s Day is on Friday. And for three weeks, I have been hearing television and radio advertisements encouraging us to buy that special someone roses, chocolate covered strawberries, and sexy […]


Three Ways To Keep Your Holidays Gay

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By Henry Amador As the new year approaches we often find ourselves feeling a tad overwhelmed, frustrated and oh so weary. It’s as if we are looking at life, at ourselves and all the people we encounter with those horrible magnifying makeup mirrors. Every flaw, every nuance is exaggerated and every feeling seems designed to […]


My Grown-Up Lettter to Santa

grown-up letter to Santa

By: Shannon Ralph Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! It’s been a while. I think the last time I wrote to you was when I was 11 years old. That was the year my dad died and the year before I pestered my mother so much about your existence that she finally yelled at me in a […]


Foster Adoption Series: Holidays With 5 Brand New Family Members Is Bittersweet


By Diane Ponist Thanksgiving this year in our household was a huge deal. We have 5 brand new members of our family sitting at the table to take part with us for their first time. This is why I wanted a big family, for each of them to appreciate what has happened in their life […]


Holiday Displays

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By Lisa Regula Meyer   It’s officially into the holiday season, as Thanksgiving is done (and maybe even cleaned up by now) and we’re on the countdown to Christmas/Yule/Kwanzaa/Chanukah/Festivus/whatever other winter holiday your family might celebrate.  If you’re like most Americans, that means that it’s time to eat, because what better way to remember the […]


It’s That Time of Year – Affordable Holiday Shopping


By Jenna Smith   As the holidays grow near, more and more people are rushing to shop for gifts with the hope of pleasing their loved ones. Whether looking for high-tech gadgets or classic simple holiday gifts, it’s always best to give something well-suited to the recipient’s interests. But it’s also important to try to […]


The Santa Report: 2011


By: Holly Vanderhaar For the last several years, we’ve had a Christmas Eve tradition. My daughters get to open one present—which is always new Christmas- or winter-themed pajamas—and we cuddle up on the couch and watch The Polar Express. This year, The Polar Express’s theme of belief was especially relevant, and the wheels were turning […]


The Difference of a Few Years

Christmas Eve, 2008

By: Tanya Dodd-Hise It’s hard to believe, after all of the anticipation and waiting, that Christmas has already come and gone.  We’ve had such a busy few months:  new baby in October, her first Thanksgiving in November, and now her first Christmas.  It came and went too fast!  But on Christmas night, after celebrating for […]