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Some years ago, on Christmas Eve, I sat in front of the Christmas tree with tears streaming down my face.  I wasn’t sad because something terrible had happened, I was sad because I had missed Christmas.  Not intentionally.  It just happened.  Somewhere between making cookies, singing carols at the retirement center, buying gifts, and decorating [...]

I remember being so proud as my dad, dressed up in his suit and tie, walked me up in front of the congregation.  My sparkly dress caught the light of the brass candlesticks as we moved down the aisle. My mom held a bible, marked at Luke 2, and my siblings marched next to me. [...]

  One of the very best ways I know to fight the crazy around the holidays is to go on offense, rather than play defense.  That means we have a game plan and don’t wait around for the stress to hit before we act. One of my biggest goals for the holiday season is to [...]

My husband is a very thoughtful gift giver.  Because “gifts” is not one of his love languages, he has to work at thinking of something that would make another person feel cared for and valued.  He often says, “take the money you would buy me a gift with and buy one for ____________ (fill in [...]

Today my niece turned 13, and in our family we have a unique ritual for that.  It’s so meaningful. My sister and I have a saying, “A little intention makes all the difference,” and it’s true.  When we put out just that little bit of extra effort to plan and organize something out of the [...]

Classroom parties are the best.  Growing up, these were my favorite days.  They were a break from the constant drum of math, language arts, and spelling.  Now I get to help create these special moments for my kids. It is also such a gift to our teachers, who are already overloaded, when we take the [...]

Mud pie for birthday dessert is a strong tradition in our family. Every year I ask the kids,“still want mud pie?” “YEP!” they answer without an ounce of hesitation. Mud pie is easy to make, but requires days of preparation. First, I bake the Oreo crust that has been run through the food processor, and mixed [...]

  “Mom, promise me we’ll do the Advent activities this year,” my 16 year old said the other day. I looked at her surprised. “Really? Are you being serious?” I replied. And she was.   Traditions matter, no matter the age. They provide a strong anchor of family identity and also make the season special. [...]

This past weekend, we held our annual Hootenanny.  It’s a tradition that warms the very core of my heart and soul for so many reasons. This is my big sister.  10 years ago, I told her I wanted to start a tradition — a big fall party called The Hootenanny.  And in Kendra-style, who is [...]

Happy November!   I adore this month because we are focused on giving thanks.  It’s built in to the seasonal rhythms we follow. But gratitude is not seasonal – it’s life-changing.   When we carve out gratitude in our lives, our capacity for joy expands.  We discover that what we already have is enough.  That [...]

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