Holidays

New Christmas Traditions

This is our first Christmas in the new-to-us house, so we’re thinking about new Christmas traditions here. For one thing, now we have a formal living room and family room to decorate. So, while the tree is in the family room, I…

Chanukah: The Festival of Lights

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah means “dedication,” because the holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the Syrian-Greeks. After the victory, there was only enough oil in the Temple to light…

Mantleless Stocking Displays

“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,” wrote the nineteenth century…

DIY Ornaments

Growing up, our Christmas tree always had several homemade, DIY ornaments. We had ones my grandmother sewed from felt, ones my brother and I had made, and always a construction-paper garland. Now that I have my own family and our…

Not Your Everyday Christmas Cookies

The Christmas season is here. Time for family, friends, shopping, and baking! If you’re tired of the same ol’ sugar cookies, check out these yummy cookies. Not your everyday Christmas cookies, for sure! These Peppermint Bonbon Cookies are always a favorite at…