Category Archives: Christmas

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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Cooking Up a Literary Treat

Things got away from me today, so for my blog post I’m throwing in a bonus writing prompt for this week. I don’t know about your household, but there’s been plenty of baking going on around here. Mom makes cookies …
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Christmas Songs That Make Me Cringe–Continued

A few years ago I wrote a post about the hippo song and how much I despise it. Later I wrote about how my contempt for McCartney’s Christmas song evolved into true affection. I’ll be writing about the songs I …
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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

I didn’t realize this past Sunday was already the first Sunday in Advent; for some reason I didn’t think Advent ever started during November. Since this was a late Thanksgiving, I should have known better. Not that I do anything …
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Nudged by the Holidays

I admit I’ve been a lousy blogger the last six months or so. It’s time to get tough and nudge myself to write. So, every day this month, I’m going to post something about the holidays: a memory, thoughts on …
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How My Family Tortures Me

You’d think the seasons of holly-jolly sprites and twinkling elves and devilish gremlins would be behind us, but that’s not true for me. I’m afflicted by a shuddering contempt for a certain breed of such beings and my family takes …
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The Determined Cook

This day before Christmas Eve, my mother has already cooked an early breakfast for my brother, who stopped by with her gift, cooked two batches of pralines, and baked an apple pie. She’s up there right now doing the baking …
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A Cincinnati Christmas in the 1960s

In 1989 I decided I wanted to do something different from the usual Christmas card. I was smitten with Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. I loved the way they captured family members …
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