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Christmas Memories

The Gifts My Parents Gave

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

The start of the holiday season when I was growing up was marked by the appearance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. My...

7 Tips for a More Meaningful Holiday

Joshua Smith | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Joshua Smith

Let's be conscious of the attitude and the energy that we bring as we embark on another holiday season. As we start to feel overwhelmed or stressed, we can merely shift our thoughts back to the true intent of the holidays.

What's the Darndest Thing Your Kids Said This Year?

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Over the past month, my husband and I have been thinking about the holiday traditions we'd like our little family to have. What will our daughter grow up to remember and be comforted by?

What My Daddy Taught Me About Love And Renewal

Denene Millner | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Denene Millner

Daddy lives in a quaint house in the same bucolic town, on the same country road, next door to the house in which he was born and raised.

Christmas Magic

Roberta Gately | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Roberta Gately

This holiday season, as we celebrate, and spend too much and complain too much, I hope that we will take a moment to think about the 42 million refugees and displaced around the world.

Christmas Memories

Dianne Harman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

While I believe very much in living in the present -- that you can't go back in time -- I still remember nights when I couldn't sleep because I was so excited for Santa to come.

Nana Was The Best Santa

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Rachael Clarke

"You're going to drop that, Rachael. Put her down before you slip and fall." I sashayed along the tile and wood, watched the snow swirl.

One Smokin' Hot Christmas

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

My family had a styrofoam Santa sleigh with a plump cotton Santa and nine wax reindeer. Maybe it was the lack of quality adult magazines, I don't know, but I had one of those ideas so profoundly stupid it made future mistakes seem like child's play.

Redemption in a Santa Suit

Kathryn McCullough | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn McCullough

I don't know if Broadway musicals play a place like heaven in the end -- if that's their final run. But if they do, I bet my father has orchestra seats. I bet he's hanging out in bookie paradise, a promised land of legalized gambling, perpetual ESPN, and the best Broadway has to offer.

Hugh Jackman Shares His Christmas Traditions

Pat Gallagher | Posted 02.15.2014 | Celebrity
Pat Gallagher

The Wolverine actor sat down with me after rehearsals to share some of his most memorable and hilarious Christmas stories. (If you recycle Christmas gifts, you're not alone!)

My Holiday Memories With Phil

Marlo Thomas | Posted 02.11.2014 | Home
Marlo Thomas

The holidays are the perfect time of year to gather with our loved ones, flip through favorite family photo albums and reflect on cherished memories. In my home, it would be nearly impossible to find a photo from the best years of my life without my husband, Phil, right by my side.

Squid and Mantovani: Remembering Christmas, Italian Style

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Every year, from the time I was knee-high to the kitchen counter, we could count on seafood bound to give a kid nightmares: octopuses with long tentacles thawing in the sink and whole squid that had to be cleaned and the eyeballs cut out before cooking.

Christmases Past: Readers Share Memories -- Good And Bad

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.19.2012 | Fifty

Christmases past, in most cases, have fewer ghosts than good memories. We visited with Julia Scheeres, the author of The New York Times best-selling m...

Christmas Memories (WATCH)

Posted 12.14.2012 | Home

Growing up, my family went all out at Christmastime. My father put up a grand nativity scene in front of our house, complete with large statues of bab...

7 Fun And Frugal Holiday Traditions For The Whole Family

LearnVest | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents

Most holiday traditions worth keeping are a mixture of fun, necessity and a little dash of crazy. Best of all, they need not cost a thing. Here are our seven favorites, culled from real parents.

What The Best Non-Material Gift You've Ever Received

Laura Rowley | Posted 12.25.2011 | Fifty

My sister Ann was in town last week from California. I was delighted when she married someone from New York (whose family still lived here) because I ...

Coffee Corretto

Rosie DeQuattro | Posted 02.22.2012 | Fifty
Rosie DeQuattro

A sense-memory of Christmas as a kid hit me full-on this morning. It's Christmas morning and I'm an 11-year old, hanging around the catastrophe of discarded Christmas paper in the living room and taking it all in.

Recreating Christmas

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 02.22.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

So while you're dazed and confused over where you're going and what you need to do between now and Christmas, try to remember how you felt those many years ago when you were little.

Santa's Special Fireplace

Randi Miller | Posted 02.02.2012 | DC
Randi Miller

It was difficult to explain to my 5-year-old nephew how Santa Claus accessed our house when we had a roaring fire burning in the fireplace on Christmas Eve. It was a legitimate question.

The Real Magic Of Parenting Doesn't Happen On Christmas

Brian Gresko | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brian Gresko

I ask all the parents out there to take a moment to try and remember the many close, warm instances not linked with any grand holiday or ritual, all those beautiful moments of love.

Cabbage Patch Fever: 25 Years After

Colleen Kane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Colleen Kane

At recess, I would ask to hold a friend's Cabbage Patch doll, with its squishy, pudgy legs and subtle baby-powder scent and some hideous name that sounded both Biblical and medical.