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Taking Down the Tree

Great Expectations

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

In the dark of predawn I lay in bed, tucked snugly beneath my downy comforter, sleet pinging against the window panes in soft yet fitful waves. Against all odds associated with parenthood, no one under the age of 8 burst into the room to announce that the sky was falling.

Taking Down the Christmas Tree... With Elvis and My Kids

Douglas LaBier | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Douglas LaBier

From my children's earliest years, on through my divorce and years as a single parent, we would gather together for a small party to decorate the tree. We'd join again to take it down on New Year's Day, sort of like bookends to the holiday season; a transition into the new calendar year.