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Family Christmas

Greensleeves and Memories

Paola K Amaras | Posted 12.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

Christmas is a time of magical realism. Not in the literary sense necessarily, where magic plays an integral part in the mundane world, but in the sen...

Christmas Present: Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

Tim Ward | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Tim Ward

It's the biggest holiday of the year for most of us, a time of joy and celebration, and yet also a time of emotional anxiety - the mad rush of last minute shopping, frustration, frayed nerves, family conflict, obligation, and overeating.

The Craigslist Ad that Changed Christmas

Emma Goddard | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Emma Goddard

As a college student preparing to graduate in the spring, I also know how easy it is to forget how much my family actually does for me.

Giving Gifts, Receiving Belonging

Beth McGuire | Posted 02.22.2013 | Religion
Beth McGuire

We give because we want to feel a part of something. It dawns on me: unconsciously, I have been trying to keep my fragmented family together by gift giving. It may not be pretty but it is how clans, communities and enemies have survived for millennia.

Santa -- And The End Of Innocence

Tom Cramer | Posted 02.21.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Time stood still. The whole room was shocked, especially Santa, and he quickly made his exit. I heard my Dad talking to him outside before coming back in to deal with me. It was his best friend, a man who had always been wonderful to me. It was the end of innocence, and I was ashamed.

Forgoing Christmas With Family for Travel

Christine Drinan | Posted 02.06.2013 | Travel
Christine Drinan

Even for those of you who are living the Norman Rockwell dream, the coveted Christmas-to-New-Year's week is a prime time to travel. Vacationing over the Christmas holidays has its pros and cons.

Why I Love The Holidays With My In-Laws

Bernadette Coveney Smith | Posted 02.21.2012 | Weddings
Bernadette Coveney Smith

I'm so thrilled to say that I love Christmas. My in-laws are truly awesome and I couldn't be more grateful for their support of our little family.

Brother's Bite-- When Sibling Rivalry Is Man Versus Dog

Stinson Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stinson Carter

My new little brother Griffin is a Welsh Terrier. I figured my father's obsession with the dog would pass in time, but when I went home for the holidays recently, it was a Griffin Christmas.

My Wife and I Now Spend the Holidays Together... And We Like It That Way, Too

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

My last post on the holidays made me feel guilty for a bit of writerly withholding to the readers. I apologize. I wasn't entirely forthcoming.

My Wife And I Spend The Holidays Apart... And We Like It That Way

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

For ten years running, we've spent the holidays apart. And it's not just Christmas. We usually go our separate ways for Thanksgiving, too.