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A Letter to Myself – Learning to Love the Holidays Again

Dear Self- You spent months planning the perfect Christmas full of gifts that were handmade, local, or encouraged creativity. Your daughters went to bed Christmas Eve and you carefully arranged their new easel with a handwritten note from Santa himself, children’s museum membership, a doorway puppet theater, and endless packages of simple art supplies and handmade […]

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The Last “Magical” Christmas?

This might be my last “magical” Christmas. What I mean is, my daughter is 8. She believes in the magic. The glorious, maddening, exhausting magic of Santa and reindeers and that annoying little “Elf on the Shelf.” She has the light in her eyes and excitement in her voice. She’s “in it.” I mean REALLY […]

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Have a Very Merry Birthday

It’s that time of year again…the time when the weather begins to depress you, but the multiple holidays in a row boost your morale back up to smiling. First there is Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas. Right after that is Kwanza, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. The multitude of celebrations, gatherings, and special meals […]

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The Power of “Yes”

A few weeks ago while getting ready for work and daycare on a Tuesday morning I realized that my nearly-four-year-old “big boy” was extra clingy, extra whiny, and overall extra needy. The child who the week before had proudly shown off the fact that he could put on his own shoes AND socks was now […]

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An Advent Calendar of Christmas Traditions

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has officially begun, we will all begin to feel the pressure to GET READY! BUY STUFF! WRAP PRESENTS! DECORATE! MAKE MEMORIES! TAKE PICTURES! ENJOY EVERYTHING! It’s a lot of pressure. There is too much to do. Pinterest will overwhelm you, your crafty on-top-of-things Facebook friends will […]

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