Advent Stories, Part 1

Happy December, my friends! My friend Rachel is hosting an Advent Season fiction writing challenge, and I thought it would be fun to take part. Each week, she’ll post a prompt, and I’ll write a short fiction piece related to the prompt. I hope you enjoy this little series, and I’m excited to see whereContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 1”

Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change

I still remember the first year that my aunt and uncle decided not to come home for Christmas. Up to that point in my young life, Christmas had always revolved around Grandma’s house, and there was no reason in my mind why it should change. Until it did. Christmas seemed smaller that year, and IContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: When Traditions Change”

{Menu Monday 12.21.20}

Happy #menumonday, friends! Can you believe it? Christmas week is here!! I’m excited, but it is a bit bittersweet. In a “normal” year, we’d be packing up this week and heading to Montana to visit family, but this year… Well, we are staying home. I’m a little relieved to not be traveling the passes thisContinue reading “{Menu Monday 12.21.20}”

Christmas Traditions: Songs

I am a stickler for waiting for Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. My daughter, on the other hand, could play it year round if I would let her. My favorites include all those classic Christmas tunes: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and Karen Carpenter’s velvet tones. There’s even a great non-traditional song by Trisha Yearwood thatContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Songs”

Christmas Traditions: Food

This weekend, we will bake. Food is a favorite way to celebrate and mark traditions around here. In a year when many other traditional ways we would celebrate aren’t possible, we are holding tightly to this one. There will be literal piles of cookies in my kitchen. It makes me happy just thinking about it.Continue reading “Christmas Traditions: Food”

Christmas Traditions: Decorating

This Nativity set once belonged to my Grandma. Now it belongs to my son. As children, both my son and I would play with it, rearranging it on the sideboard and retelling the Christmas story (sometimes adding a few characters). Storytellers are we. Around here, we’re usually sticklers for doing all of our Christmas decoratingContinue reading “Christmas Traditions: Decorating”