Parent’s Day Versus Mother’s and Father’s Day

Parent's Day

By Alexandra Temblador There are few holidays that can cause us to reflect on how diverse family structures are in America than Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. With these holidays just around the corner, it’s good to consider what these holidays symbolize in the lives of many children across the United States. For some, Mother’s […]

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

christmas divorce

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

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 […]

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 […]