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Non Restaurant Valentine’s Dates

Ah Valentine’s Day. I have a love/hate relationship with the greeting card invented holiday. On the one hand, I love that there is a holiday devoted to love and relationships. On the other hand, it feels very mass marketed and forced. I also HATE (sorry, I’m trying to get my kid not to say “hate”) […]

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Someone Will Be Missing at Our Table

Christmas is my favorite holiday. It always has been. The beautiful lights all around town, the cheery decorations, the songs, and the constant reminders for my soul that a good God began the greatest rescue of all time with a little baby. I think it is fairly universal that the holidays are a time when […]

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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hannukkah! Happy Channukkah! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Chanukka! Sameach Hanukkah! Whichever one you prefer, Happy Hanukkah to you and yours! The story of Hanukkah is that the Greeks were trying to desecrate the Temple to push out the Jews in Second Century BC. The Maccabees revolted and defended the region against the Greeks. When they […]

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Generosity, Gratitude, and Giving

Generosity. Gratitude. Giving. The three big G’s. The world, especially around the holidays, screams at us to “buy more!” and “you need this!” We’re bombarded with advertisements for more stuff…more, more, more! We become stressed and resentful. We lust after the things we want (and we’re adults!) while instead we’re supposed to be emulating the Christmas […]

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Avoiding the Holiday Hangover: Doing More of Less

Ahhh, the holidays… I rush around in an attempt to capture all the holiday magic, floating from activity to activity, making every second count. Then *POOF,* I wake up exhausted with little memory of what just happened. In stark contrast to my college years, I have a hangover that has nothing to do with booze. {Womp. […]

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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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