Back in the 16th century -- before Christmas became the Santa-fueled spending-spree we all know and love (sort of) courtesy of that other long-reigning queen, Victoria -- the gift-giving extravaganza came at New Year.
Are you breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday gift wrapping is cleared away and the Christmas tree is back in the box? I have to admit, I am. I get overwhelmed with so many presents, special food, and partying as we celebrate the abundance in our lives.
Prior to each Christmas, the television and digital visuals are flooded with images of food. There are countless recipes given to us, coupons and pho...
This was my first Christmas tree in five years -- four, if you count the austere Artistic Experiment of having a beefy neighbor with a buzz saw take d...
Happy Feast Day of the Ass! No kidding. Animals get short shrift in religious beliefs and practice (apart from the Hindu cow, and sacrifice, of course), so I found it quite wonderful to stumble on an old tradition celebrating the biblical donkey.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are both celebrated in Florence, and the entire two weeks (or more) surrounding Christmas and New Year's is one continuous 'festa' (party) and with everyone walking.
Focusing on what she wants, Sariah never waits -- she goes and gets it.
Skydiving is falling, technically, but it's uplifting nonetheless, and about as close as we humans can come to flying. Seems there are quite a few of us who want to experience feeling free as a bird without actually being outdoors and dealing with the weather.
For me, it seems that to honor the holiday, I must honor the everyday.
Every year, Christmas disrupts our lives and shatters our routines. It breaks into our normal patterns and turns them upside down. It is not too different, I suppose, than the first Christmas.
Christmas Day marked two months on the ice. Here's a snapshot into the first 62 days of the Scott Expedition.
The titular prophet was a big fan of giving: "All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'." And give customers did.
Most of us have just taken down our Christmas trees and welcomed in the new year. But it's never too early to start planning for December. If you've ever dreamt of a winter wonderland, then perhaps it's time to consider a German Christmas.
Lately, I have been under fierce pressure from my daughter to keep up with her Joneses. Her keeping up, however, involves my wallet, and at the moment, something called an iPhone 5C.
My bad mood disappeared, and I thought about this phenomenon. Snow. In Buffalo. It's one of those things. Other people talk about it a lot, but I'd bet we talk about it even more, and mostly, we're complaining. But, honestly, is it really that bad?
the signs for Assisi are black and white and appear in an Old English Font. Before even stepping onto the platform, I was reminded that this was a special place, much like the signs at the entrances to churches reading Silence and Respect.