Gender Roles and Holidays


By Lisa Regula Meyer     I have to take a break from all the talk of Newtown, Connecticut, because frankly, it’s too depressing even for me to write about the topic at this point, and I’d wager that parents reading this either currently feel or have felt similarly. To focus on a bright spot […]


Holiday Displays

family holiday dinner

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 […]


Santa: To Believe or Not To Believe


By: Sheana Ochoa “Where’s Christmas?” my three-year-old keeps asking.  Since Thanksgiving ended, he sees signs of it everywhere.  There’s another house with its lights up and more tree-lit avenues with elaborate wreaths or even Santa and the reindeer soaring across the intersection.  “Look at the one in the front with the red nose,” I point […]