Happy Holidays

It’s Christmas here and I am grateful. For everyone in my life. For all of the privileges in my life. For this ability to speak to you on this day. Merry Christmas to my beloved family and friends. xxoo Re-posted from 2012

50 Years and Counting

REPOSTED FROM 2009 This morning I am sitting on the deck of a sailing ship looking across a turquoise sea to a Caribbean Island. The scene has changed from 1959. Then it was an emotional and spiritual crisis for a Catholic to marry a Protestant. Then it wasn’t common, but neither was it unheard of, […]

Christmas means to me…

It’s really no wonder that I have some ambivalent feelings around Christmas. I grew up without a secular tradition. Until I was a teenager, all of my Christmas memories were centered around church services. We sang a lot of hymns about the birth of Jesus but I never heard “Here Comes Santa Claus” except on […]

Christmas Changes

Christmas changes every year. Some are barely recognizable as Christmas past. Somewhere along the way we became more interested in giving than getting. We are more captivated by the needs of strangers and less interested what our children and grandchildren might want – they don’t really need anything. And through the stories that filter back […]

…on Christmas and You

(NOTE:  Do you want to write to your new love? Your aging husband?  Your child?  Your Friend?   I hope this helps you find the words you need for the person you love.  This is one of a series of requested letters  posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or […]

Merry Christmas to All

Reprinted from 2013 Dear Family, ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the house, not a creature was stirring… …except for my gerbil mind racing on it’s circular track. Well, that’s not exactly true.  I have spent a restful night, just not a deep-sleeping night.  And I’m thinking that wakefulness on the night […]

Our Little Candle

One of my best Christmas decisions came, not from peace and goodwill toward men, but through frustration and fatigue. I have nine grandchildren whose needs (and many of their wants) are bountifully met. For many years Christmas buying was an obstacle course of avoiding the respective lists of Santa and their parents in order to […]

Joy for the Holidays

Every Christmas is a composite, isn’t it? Each year it is added to, plumped out, and filled in with new visions to set to the music of carols in the background. It changes. It morphs. And for me it always reflects warmth and light. Life has a way of separating us. Miles come between us […]

There IS a Santa Claus

Since I was old enough to have disagreed with my parents, I have believed. My parents didn’t believe in celebrating a secular Christmas, let alone entertaining stories or myths about a jolly old man who came down the chimney, granting wishes for any and all. It was all deemed pagan. Sigh… All of this didn’t […]

Gifts and Memories

When did Christmas lose it’s exciting allure? When I stopped needing anything and began wanting less and less? Many years ago I stopped buying many Christmas presents because it had become such a chore. It isn’t that I don’t love my children and grandchildren.  And I love to buy them gifts if I know what […]