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Ten Wishes
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Is Your Christmas “Nativity Scene Or A Negativity Scene?”
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When Christmas Isn’t Exactly Merry…
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Tooth Fairy Meets The Elf
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Merry Frantic Christmas

Ten Wishes

  I sang, “We three kings of Orientar” for ages until I realized that Orientar isn’t a place. I eventually figured out that “Paper Bag Writer” isn’t correct either. Seems I’ve been mangling song lyrics for decades. Anyway, the time my girlfriends and I rode camelback through the desert, I felt like one of the Three Kings of said song — we were three wise-ish woman on a quest. Sleeping under a blanket of stars, I made a wish and hoped it would come true. And it has. *looks toward my happy family* As Christmas day and the new year approach, I have new hopes and wishes… I wish: For her to always be loved and accepted for who she is For him to continue to feel confident and special For her to get the “all clear” … this is the news we all long to hear For him to make the right decision because decisions like these are hard For her to find her voice For them to find their groove — to make a difference and feel important For her to find love For him to find peace For her to find a resolution For him, I wish[…]

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Is Your Christmas “Nativity Scene Or A Negativity Scene?”

We celebrate the spirit of Christmas — giving from the heart, family, peace and love. And of course eggnog, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. Our kids know that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. They know the story, despite the fact that we’re not religious. The message of Christian values and kindness is one my husband and I believe in even if though we may not believe the “story.”   As Christmas approaches and I start to panic because I’m completely unprepared it’s easy to get swallowed up by the hustle and let’s not forget the bustle. The bustle is the worst. Instead of aligning with the Grinches with their aggressive mall parking lot honking or the Scrooges who whine and complain about every little thing, I take a breath, chug a glass of eggnog, and carry on knowing that Christmas is a celebration. Have yourself a positive little Christmas friends. xo  Images: Nativity Scene Negativity Scene

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When Christmas Isn’t Exactly Merry…

The holidays are a tiring, stressful, hectic time set smack in the midst of dreary winter. Unless you’re a child filled with wonder, Christmas can become more of a chore than a joy. But as parents we do our best to ensure our kids have a happy and memorable holiday, filled with the excitement we experienced in our own childhoods. Christmas morning at our house this year was filled with amazement and laughter. For the first time, Avery “got” Christmas. She was in awe of each present and her brother was floored by his gifts. It was, dare I say, magical. It wasn’t until Christmas night that mummy unraveled, just a little. Fa la la la la, sob, sob, sob wah. Avery did well sitting at the kids’ table at my in-laws’ and I actually got to eat my entire turkey dinner. Pretty much. Come dessert however, she was overtired, overstimulated and overwhelmed. In lieu of dessert and conversation, Avery and I went home so the rest of the family could visit. Getting her into her car seat was a struggle and a flailing arm made contact with my eye. I *may* have growled slightly. FYI: A sick and tired[…]

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Tooth Fairy Meets The Elf

Precious Moment #2: Tooth Fairy/Elf Smack Down Have you heard of the Elf on the Shelf? An elf is sent from the North Pole to keep an eye on the children of the house and report back to Santa. Currently we have an elfin house guest named “Quacky” (don’t ask) living with us. Every night our son tucks Quacky into the little elfin bed he made for him in his bookcase. Each morning, he wakes to discover the elf is missing. When the family is asleep, this inanimate elf becomes “real”. He sneaks out of bed and gets into all sorts of mischief. He also uses the phone to call Santa…long distance. Occasionally he uses my computer to shoot Santa an email update (I’m not sure, but I think he has also been logging onto some nasty elf porn sites). We are having a hoot moving the elf around the house and staging him in different scenarios before we go to bed (don’t you just LOVE the legit lies we get to tell our children around the holidays??). The other night my husband and I were killing ourselves laughing at some of the completely inappropriate situations we could put the[…]

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Merry Frantic Christmas

With the joy of the season, comes the frantic, hectic hell that is life for women everywhere this time of year. That doesn’t mean men don’t feel stressed during the holidays. Oh wait, yes it means exactly that, since Christmas is a WOMAN’S burden. “Burden” isn’t a very festive term I know. My husband would be more than happy to do anything I asked of him, but due to my sick need to control everything, the man is rarely asked to lift a finger. This black hole of shopping, list making, cooking, cleaning and wrapping despair, was dug by yours truly. So I need to shut up, suck it up and get on with it because… …the holidays are jam packed with “memory moments” and I don’t want to miss any of them. It’s cliché and obvious, but these times go by in a blink of an eye. Our children won’t remember if the boughs on the banister were perfectly hung or if the napkin rings at Christmas dinner all matched. They WILL remember dressing up like elves in the basement, skating on the backyard rink and putting on a “Christmas Musical Extravaganza” in the living room. This is what[…]

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