…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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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.
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 … Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading A Christmas Junkie’s Jaunt: The National Christmas Center