24. Christmas Eve

Today is ALMOST the big day. But it could be argued that today is just as big, couldn’t it? I mean, how many of us celebrate on this day as well? Some years, this is the day my family gets together at my grandma’s house and exchanges gifts with her. Some have their big mealContinue reading “24. Christmas Eve”

23. Anticipation

The whole month of December is one big build-up to a one-day(ish) payoff. Starting the day after Thanksgiving – earlier than that even, for some – all people are concerned with are getting ready for Christmas, which is the reason I’m going to shop online next year. Think about it though. All people are worriedContinue reading “23. Anticipation”

22. The Christmas Story

No, not the movie, that’s already been covered here. I’m talking about THE story. THE reason we even celebrate this holiday in the first place. THE story you’ll hear Thursday night – or Friday morning, depending on when/if you head to church during the holiday. It’s a story we all know, the birth of Jesus.Continue reading “22. The Christmas Story”

And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

This past weekend, my youngest sister and I helped my other sister teach her Sunday School class of four- and five-year-olds. There was only one little kid in there – a little boy named Will – and he talks like a grown-up. She tells us all the time how smart all the kids in thereContinue reading “And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”

20. Family

Today, as is tradition every year on the weekend before Christmas, my family had their annual Christmas party. There’s always a TON of food – and by ton I mean RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS – and we do a white elephant gift exchange. This year there were 30 people that had to steal presents from each otherContinue reading “20. Family”

17. Online shopping

Yesterday in the mail I got a Christmas present I ordered for someone this year. And that, my friends, is why I like online shopping. I have never taken advantage of Cyber Monday – and I’ve only tried Black Friday once, no thank you – but can see why people do it. In fact, IContinue reading “17. Online shopping”

16. Creative gifts

I am not very creative. Outside of writing and occasionally design-y type stuff, I’ve got nothin’ in the way of a creative gene. Case in point, my lack of inspiration for a Halloween costume this year. But one of the creative things I like are personalized, homemade gifts people make, for birthdays and Christmas. LastContinue reading “16. Creative gifts”

On paying it forward, again.

In October, someone in line in front of me at the Starbucks drive-thru paid for my coffee. They simply asked that I pay it forward when I have the chance. Of course, my immediate thought – besides that of gratitude at this stranger who’d done a simple, nice thing for me – was “when canContinue reading “On paying it forward, again.”

How to make sure you get all the awesome presents you asked for this year

Me to group of five-year-olds this morning: “How do you stay on Santa’s good list?” Little boy: “You have to respect Santa.” Me: “And how to do you do that?” Little boy: “If he gives you something for a present and you don’t like it, you just pretend. You act like you like it evenContinue reading “How to make sure you get all the awesome presents you asked for this year”