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The Big Santa Reveal

I am ambivalent about Santa Claus. You see, where I grew up – Manila, the Philippines, in the late 70’s and early 80’s – Christmas was very much a religious holiday.  The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country that wears its fervor proudly, is not a place where kids grow up believing in Santa. I think […]

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The Holiday Kissing Ball

Holiday kissing balls might be thought of as one of today’s latest crafty seasonal decorating fads, but the fact is, these adorable little things have been around for centuries!  During the Middle Ages (we’re talking 5th-15th century for your non-history buffs) people would intertwine evergreen branches into the shape of a ball. After they got […]

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Pictures with Santa

I lived in Little Rock for six years. My husband and I had our first child the first August that we were there (I don’t recommend moving in June when you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy). A few months later, we did what every parent of a newborn did and took him to the […]

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Competing for Christmas {a unique tradition}

Nothing says Christmas like ruthless smack talk, cut-throat competition, and the proud moment of winning a trophy. Cut-throat might be a little extreme, so let’s just say we have a friendly annual competition. My family has developed a tradition that we like to call Girl Gifts. It was started decades ago and has evolved over the […]

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This holiday, we are enough

Growing up, my family was the center of all holidays. No matter how far we strayed during the year, we always came home for the holidays. After I got married, my husband and I kept that tradition. Our respective families were the focus of our holidays. At first, it was easy. Spending a holiday without them just felt […]

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Just Say No: Setting Boundaries During the Holidays

Do you feel exhausted during the holidays?  Overextended and unsatisfied?  Do you feel like you’re walking on egg shells?  Trying to please everyone and make sure they’re all happy?  Do you feel anxious amidst the busyness, envying those that seem to be at peace?   Then it might be time to set some boundaries. Boundaries […]

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Making Holiday Memories

How do traditions become traditions in our families? In the world of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook, we see ideas for traditions that we can start all the time. Just a quick Pinterest search of “Christmas Traditions” gives me 12 Fun Christmas Eve Traditions, 24 Meaningful Christmas Traditions, 29+ Memorable Christmas Traditions, and the list goes on. I don’t […]

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