Category Archives: Holidays & Celebrations

The Magnetic Bracelet

I described here how my annual Christmas and birthday gifts to J.Hooligan are rib dinners at Montgomery Inn. In return, J. gives some very interesting, thoughtful presents. (He’s a good gift-giver in general to everyone, always considering his selections carefully. …
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A Holly-Jolly Hooligan

We had a pretty good Christmas season; all the better when you consider it stretches back four or five weeks. We got to do the things we wanted to do, everyone stayed well, the weather didn’t impede us, and we …
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Aunt Nancy Day 2015

Today turned out to be Aunt Nancy Day, our annual floating autumn holiday that occurs sometimes in October, but mostly in November. I didn’t know about it until earlier this week, when I received the electronic invitation. Frankly, I’d forgotten …
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My Second Rock Concert

In yesterday’s post about Halloween candy, I mentioned 12-year-old S.Hooligan is no longer interested in trick-or-treat. That’s the same age I was when I missed going out in costume for the first time, but it wasn’t for lack of interest. …
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Halloween Candy

It was a good Halloween this year. Rain threatened but restrained itself to a few sporadic drops. I was chilly in the beginning, but eventually I took my hands out of my sweatshirt sleeves and undid the scarf around my …
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Christmas Sprites

As if this season hasn’t been challenging enough with the flu sprites hovering, the Annalee imps have been at it again. This is the latest edition to my involuntary collection. I found it strung on the seatbelt in Diamondqueen’s van …
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ANOTHER Auld Lang Syne

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Recently a friend posted on Facebook that Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” had infected her as an earworm she could not banish. Several commenters added how much they hate this song. I’ve heard this before from people who have …
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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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