Poor families can't forget that Christmas -- or any winter holiday -- is for children. But for tens of millions of U.S. children living in ever deepening poverty, there's literally no way for their parents to get them gifts without going to unenviable extremes.
The holidays don't have to be a time of dread nor a time to abandon yourself and your healthy habits.
his New Year's Eve, New York City is your apple. Take a bite.
To the good woman who spent her entire Hawaiian vacation glued to her iPad watching Scandal: You need a break... from your devices. But since we know you lack the willpower to help yourself, may we suggest a forced digital detox?
For those who are dealing with acute grief, remember that they are probably living in a fog: nothing seems real because of the shock that grief causes. The holidays are probably the last thing on their mind, and if they are, there can be a sense of panic over what to do next.
Can you believe it's already the holiday season again? This year's perfectly delightful note is being sent on paper I made myself (check out my store on Etsy!) to tell you what we have been up to.
In those pre-internet days, I would scour every book and newspaper in hopes of finding the slightest reference that someone else might be gay like me.
Let's complain about the stuff we can't have.
By Joan Moran I love the holidays and I dread the holidays. I often over-eat and over-drink, but I have gobs of fun doing it. Quick as a flash, being...
It was the realization that this man -- who lived day to day, in the cold, hard landscape of Manhattan, without knowing where he would sleep next, or where his next meal would come from -- was, in that moment, offering me half of all he had.
May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world's notice. May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.
For me, celebrating Advent for the four weeks or more leading into Christmas Eve has been healing as an relationship-oriented alternative to the task-orientedness of Christmas itself.
In the midst of all the busyness, we often forget to eat well, exercise, sleep enough, and do the self-care routine that we usually do. Our body, mental state and emotions are going to suffer when we neglect ourselves.
When it comes to gift giving, some of us have a particular philosophy: always give something that lasts forever. From this point of view, it would seem that perfumes and complementary products do not qualify as proper gifts.
Infused with positive psychology, these diversion tactics are designed to help you and the person you are talking to get a lift in mood and set you up to enjoy a more lighthearted time together.
The adoption process has taken its toll on me emotionally. Nothing prepares you to be away from your family for six weeks, and in a country where you feel deaf, mute, and illiterate.