The “Kiss of Death” Prediction Fulfilled

In my first post this month when I said I’d attempt to write a blog post every day, I also said every time I make a resolution like this, something happens to derail my plans; in other words, stating my …
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A Snowy Walk in Germany

I’ve always loved this snapshot of Mom I took in Germany. We were on a Christmas Market tour in December, 1990. On this particular occasion we were walking back to the boat from a visit to Herrenchiemsee, one of King …
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What’s a Jingle Hop?

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My parents didn’t usually listen to the local pop/rock radio station when I was a kid, so I didn’t hear the more youth-oriented Christmas songs during the season until I was a pre-teen with a radio of my own. The …
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Isaiah and The Nutcracker

Mom bought her fancy Nutcracker theater about ten years ago, give or take. It was a hit with everyone who walked in the door for the first few years. It truly is charming. When it comes on, the doors open …
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Vintage Christmas Decorations

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The video above is a snip from a home movie my mother took in December 1959. It doesn’t only show contemporary cards and trims from the period; it also features some excellent pieces now considered antiques. Some of the older …
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Where, O Where Did Our Little Girl Go?

Last night S.Hooligan performed in her first middle school band concert. She took up the flute this year, not that any of us knows how she plays. Possibly she’s never put the flute to her lips at home. Diamondqueen swears …
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Let It Snow, Snow, Snow

No, I’m not wishing for snow. We did have one nice covering before Thanksgiving, but I no longer have that childhood anticipation of a white Christmas. Especially not since the major snowstorm we had several years when we were afraid …
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They’re Everywhere, They’re Everywhere!

In the past I’ve written here and here about my aversion to Annalee dolls and how my family likes to torture me by inserting them into my existence at unexpected times. I found myself face to face with the annoying …
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Revisiting Old Memories, Making New Ones

J.Hooligan has to be the holliest-jolliest fifteen-year-old boy ever. At an age when you’d expect a guy to be sullen and unwilling to be seen in public with his family, J. enthusiastically joins me, Mom, and Diamondqueen for any Christmas-y …
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Krampus Is Prowling

Traditionally, the evening of December 5 is when Krampus goes on the hunt for naughty children to¬† punish or abduct. Twenty-four years ago, my mother and I witnessed our first Krampuslauf (Krampus run) in Salzburg, Austria. (You can read all …
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