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Holiday Memories

The Gifts My Parents Gave

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 12.21.2016 | 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...

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.

Hallmarking Mother's Day in Handwriting

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

My mother also kept the Mother's Day cards she received from her six children. Following her move from the family home to a small living space, she returned to each of us the cards we'd sent her throughout our entire lives.

Matzo Ball Memories

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

The Seder is a meal of ritual. While there can be some playing around with the menu, sacrosanct are the serving of matzo ball soup and the absence of flour in any recipe.

My Alone Time With the Tree

Cathy Cash Spellman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Cathy Cash Spellman

5:00 a.m. It's just me and the tree. The house is quiet. Nobody else loves the morning as I do, since my father's gone. There's snow on the ground...

The Meaning of the Word Shelter

Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Good News
Jana Lee Frazier

For us, the holiday evolved from and revolved around the Christmas tree. But the trip, the many trips, to find the right tree were for my mother only an excuse to shamelessly, obscenely revel in the pure pleasure of nature.

Holiday Cards, Sans Santa

Leah Ariniello | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

I remember the excitement I'd feel opening up an envelope and finding an image of a Christmas tree covered in glittery snow, an angel decked out with a golden halo, or Rudolph lighting the way. These cards were magic to me.

Why I Prefer to Have Thanksgiving in a Restaurant

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

One year, I said, "Enough! Enough, I said. I have Thanksgiving traditions in my heart that I want to experience with my partner, who is my family." So we decided that we would go out for dinner after spending the noontime meal with someone else's family.

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.

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...

4 Ways to Cheat Christmas

Sheila Quirke | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Tick tock, tick tock. TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. That ain't my biological clock you're hearing, folks. That is the sound of the clock furiously racing towards Christmas, hurtling through time and space at breakneck speed that only is possible this time of year.

When the Holidays Hurt

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Sugar plums aren't the only things that dance through our heads during the holiday season. For those among us whose holidays have been shaken up by loss or family rupture, addiction or illness, the holidays can remind us not only of what we have, but of what feels missing.

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 ...

'My Birth Mom Was There': Readers Recall Their Best Holiday Memories

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Women

The holidays obviously mean a variety of things to different people, from the religious significance they have for many of us to the simple enjoyment ...

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.