December always stuffs our celebratory stockings with extra holidays and runs our cider cups over with reasons to rejoice. As we make our merry way towards the magic of Christmas Eve and the countdown to New Year’s Eve, the twelfth month blesses us with very special gifts. We pledge to start our Christmas shopping early, […]
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 happens once a year. The entire world leaves the past behind to embrace the future. With united spirits, we all rejoice and share a magical moment at midnight. America is a young member of this global celebration, and while we have borrowed many of our New Year’s Eve traditions, we have our own that […]
It is fitting that the youngest child in the family lights the first candle. Born in 1966 amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Kwanzaa is a young holiday. With each passing year, that flame flickered brightly and grew stronger. It now shines in homes for seven days every December. Beginning the day after Christmas, a special […]
Are you heading out this year or staying home for the holidays? How many hugs are you looking forward to? If you are like us, you will count enough warm and wonderful greetings to outweigh weird, annoying and crazy Christmas encounters. Some years, they all come caroling through our front door. On other holidays, we […]
Of all the reasons to celebrate the holidays, freedom of expression tops the list. We do it every year without giving it much thought. We deck the halls, decorate the tree and turn our homes into individualized declarations of our unique take on the season’s joy. The Romans got us off to a rousing start. […]
You have made your list and checked it twice. You are confident about your personal balance between naughty and nice. Decorations go up. Stress levels come down. Warm and fuzzy feelings wrap everyone in holiday cheer. Eggnog Day puts a beautiful bow on top of it all every December 24. Yes, it is official, but […]