Once a year, the entire world leaves the past behind and embraces the future. With united spirits, we rejoice and share a magical moment at midnight. America is a young member of this global celebration, and while we’ve borrowed many of our New Year’s Eve traditions, we have our own that revolves around the drop […]
Deck the halls, light the fires, and look up into December's winter sky. For every twinkling star we see, someone in the world is celebrating a special day, and that unites us all.
It’s fitting the youngest child in the family lights the first candle. Kwanzaa is a young holiday, born in 1966 amidst the Civil Rights Movement. That initial flame flickered brightly and grew stronger with each passing year, and it now shines in homes for seven days every December. Beginning the day after Christmas, a special […]
Every year, parents are awakened on Christmas morning by very affective alarm clocks. At the first signs of dawn eager kids, filled with anticipation, can no longer curb their enthusiasm. Children have lain awake all night with visions of toys dancing in their heads. Some creep downstairs to quietly approach mountains of presents under the […]
We love hanging mistletoe over doorways and stockings on mantles. Everyone joins in singing carols, sipping eggnog and wrapping presents. The holidays would be unimaginable without these merry rituals. The season would also be unbearable without the Christmas Eve traditions that lurk in the corners of our hearts. Dark humor, near disasters and nightmares are […]
The crisp air takes on a chilly snap as the leaves finally give up their hold on bare branches. Children stomp their feet waiting for the bus while pets sneeze on their way back inside. The warmest mufflers come down from the top shelf, the heaviest coats tumble out of the closet, and extra blankets […]