December 25, 1996. Or, as I call it, the Most. Awkward. Christmas. Ever.
As a grief expert who has spent decades working with those who have lost loved ones, I can tell you it's so much more than one season and then you're "done" grieving.
Carmen Electra is certainly a fan of Christmas. She played Ginger Peachum in Christmas in Wonderland, hosted Carmen Electra's - A Malibu Christmas and performed Santa Baby with the Pussycat Dolls for VH1. However, these Hollywood moments are not her most memorable.
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They look at you, these women, as you unwrap what they've given because they know your actual reaction will be evident in your facial expression even as your mouth is forming the words "Oh! How wonderful!"
He was a large man, almost too big for the small velvet chair, dressed in a dark scarlet suit with a long, lustrous beard the color of a magician's dove. The bright white beard appeared to be studded in sequins and curled softly up against his temples.
Put your smart phone or iPad down and pay attention to your kids. Spend time doing things with them -- and I'm not talking about fancy ski trips or lavish holiday parties. I'm talking about everyday life kinds of things like wrapping presents, playing a game, or baking Christmas cookies.
Charles Dickens's earliest piece of writing about Christmas was a short sketch -- published when Dickens was in his early twenties -- describing the perfect Christmas dinner.
Jews throughout history have devised clever ways to horn in on the Christmas holiday. They have created their own traditions that usually involve going to the movies and/or eating Chinese food. They get trees and festoon them with blue ornaments and call them Hanukkah bushes.
I've been happy living on my own. As Scrooge-like as it may sound, I like coming home to an empty apartment, with no one to cook for, or tell me what to cook, and no need to talk about my day when I don't feel like talking. But there's something about the holidays that brings out the nesting instinct.
Santa huddled with his legal team, the elves and Mrs. Claus wondering whether to bow to the group's demands. Cancel Christmas? Sure, the holiday had descended into a blur of Labor Day Christmas sales. But foregoing his yearly journey would mean disappointing millions of children.
Over the years during the holiday season I've donated a portion of the proceeds from my print sales to support organizations that give back to the community. This year the proceeds will go to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the fight against Ebola.
Just before Christmas the previous year, my mother ("Mimi" to her grandchildren) had died in my childhood home in Savannah, Georgia. For the first time in my life I had decided to spend Christmas away from my family of origin, away from Savannah. It was not an uncomplicated decision, but I had made peace with it.
I interviewed author Mark Hawthorne, a passionate advocate for the compassionate treatment of animals as living beings. Hawthorne believes that most people would choose to avoid being needlessly cruel to animals, and he has written a book so that the average person can be well informed about these issues.
With Christmas Day just around the corner, I'm sure many of you are thinking, "Why in the world is this woman still talking about gift ideas?". Well, to be honest, I am one of those last-minute shoppers who always has the best of intentions at the beginning of the season.
I'm already done with my holiday shopping, but I understand that some of you out there can't read a calendar and always need to do things at the last minute. So for you, I made a list of my favorite last minute gifts.