The holiday season for my husband and I began on Thanksgiving day when we hosted a big family dinner. Following a Black Friday spent with friends, the remainder of my Thanksgiving weekend was spent in a decorating frenzy. It always takes a full day to put up the tree, sorting out and fussing over whatever… Continue reading Christmas Decorating With Vintage Finds
Last Christmas, my family decided to have a "white elephant" gift exchange. It wasn't about saving money, although we did save money. My siblings and I have simply grown less particular over the years. We have reached a point in our lives where we no longer need or desire a bunch of new "stuff." We… Continue reading Recycle, Reuse, Re-Gift.
My family doesn't shop a lot. We've even gotten away from most Christmas shopping. Last year the adults opted to do a white elephant gift exchange. Gifts had to be second hand, re-gifted, recycled, reused, or something handmade — you get the idea. We all have things in our houses that we no longer need… Continue reading Feeling Thankful for Black Friday
The 2017 craft fair dates are on Saturday, November 11 and 18. Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my back yard, my sister and I kick off the Christmas shopping season with a… Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017
...while I'm organizing mine. When the new year arrives there’s no rest for the weary until all signs of Christmas or other holiday celebrations are neatly stored away and order in the house has been restored or, at least, brought back to normal. Prepare the storage space. Empty out the storage area where holiday items… Continue reading Holiday Clean Up: Organize Your World…
No, I'm not celebrating Boxing Day or Kwanza. I've been planning for and celebrating Christmas since Black Friday. My daughter cooked a delicious Christmas dinner and we had a family gift exchange. Christmas is a big deal in our family. Like most families. But December 26 still remains my favorite holiday. Or really, it's the… Continue reading December 26th: My Favorite Holiday
Like it or not, Christmas is here and, if you've not already dealt with the issue, you're going to have to figure out what to do about gift-giving. The act of giving is an important part of our annual traditions and nearly everyone has to deal with it to some extent. For those with little or no… Continue reading Gift Giving on a Poor Man’s Budget
I love Christmas movies and I have a collection of the ones I consider to be the best. I watch them every holiday season without fail. I'm always surprised when someone tells me that they've never seen a movie that I consider to be one of the ultimate Christmas classics. Nothing will ever replace these old favorites.… Continue reading Favorite Christmas Movies
One of the best things about growing up in the 60s and 70s was watching the holiday episodes of our favorite weekly TV shows. In the 1990s many of these episodes were replayed each year on "Nick at Night's" annual "Merrython" which aired each December. I recorded a lot of those old shows onto VHS tapes… Continue reading In Search of Classic Christmas TV
Most of us have suffered through the "lean years" at some time in our life. Others are just tired of the annual drain on their bank accounts each and every December. I am both of those people. But not having or not wanting to spend money at Christmas however, doesn't mean that you don't want… Continue reading Making Merry on a Poor Man’s Budget
"It's the most wonderful time of the year," or so the old song goes. But for many people, Christmas may seem like more of a burden than a celebration. For those who are unemployed or working but barely making ends meet, Christmas may be one more thing that they think they can't afford. But it doesn't have to… Continue reading The Poor Man’s Christmas Party!
I like to Christmas shop early in the season. I wait for the Christmas decorations to go up but like to be finished with my shopping list before the post Thanksgiving frenzy begins. It’s not that I don’t shop in December. But I find shopping in December to be a lot more fun if I… Continue reading Weekend in Columbus: Let the Holidays Begin!
Who doesn't get a little bit excited when they open the mailbox to find a handful of stiff, hand addressed envelopes in white, red, or holiday green? With mail from January to November being almost exclusively made up of machine generated bills and junk advertisements, finding a hand addressed envelope is rare. When December mail… Continue reading Bringing Back Tradition: the Christmas Card
Christmas commercialism getting you down? Once again, stores are filled with all manner of things that I don't need or have any interest in buying. There comes a point in life where acquiring "more stuff" just isn't important anymore.
As leaves turn to red and gold and the air turns crisp and cool, curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book becomes my evening routine of choice. And with Halloween just a few days away I've been looking for a new scary read. Here are a few of my favorites… Continue reading Favorite Halloween Reads
When I was a kid, everyone I knew had their own way of displaying the dozens of holiday cards that came pouring in during the weeks of December. People might stand them up on the fireplace mantle or along kitchen window sills. My girlfriend's mother taped them to the closet door in their entry hall. My own… Continue reading Buy Handmade: Christmas Cards and Year-Round Greetings
When updating my home decor from season to season, anyone who knows me can attest that I am a big believer in "making do" with things that I already have or seeking out things I want and need at area thrift stores. My methods may not improve the state of the economy very much and may cause retailers to… Continue reading “Make Do” Decorating: Dress your Mantel for the Holidays
Christmas has exploded at our house. Many years of accumulation has resulted in box upon box of mismatched Christmas decor. They are things that I love and can't bear to part with even if I don't have the room to display them. That isn't really true though, because I almost always display them all, somewhere… Continue reading Make Do Decorating: “Snowy Woodland” Christmas Tree
Holmes County is the heart of Ohio's Amish country. You can easily spend a day here, or a week, touring all of its many shops and sites. One Friday morning in mid-November my daughter and I made our way to Millersburg, Ohio with a single destination in mind. "Tis the Season" lays claim to being Ohio's… Continue reading “Tis the Season” for Christmas Shops
Leaves were glowing in shades of red, orange, and gold the weekend my sister, my daughter, and I made a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We went for the shopping where numerous boutiques, outlet malls, antique marts, and other unique shopping spots fill the small towns and roadsides of this traditionally Amish area west of Philadelphia. Christmas shops at Christmastime are… Continue reading A Christmas Junkie’s Jaunt: The National Christmas Center