A Manger of Memories

This wooden manger puzzle holds many Christmas memories for me. The distinctive pieces fit only a certain way into the wooden box with shed like shape. My husband and I bought it and two more just like it at a Christmas Craft Show in our home town, Greenville, SC over thirty years ago. Each puzzle was … More A Manger of Memories

Christmas Gift-Giving

It’s Christmas time. The season when we are focused on giving gifts to all of those who are important in our lives. Ruminations But do we ever stop to examine our feelings about gift giving or even about how we feel about receiving presents? What emotions or memories are stirred from the past by the … More Christmas Gift-Giving

Upside-down Christmas Trees?

I wrote this article for Candid Slice and thought it was pretty interesting. Do you have an upside-down Christmas tree? http://www.candidslice.com/upside-down-christmas-trees-hot-decorative-trend-an-ancient-tradition/ Have you ever heard of an upside down Christmas tree? I saw my first one several years ago in a wonderful Greek restaurant, which has since closed, in Apex. I was amazed and intrigued. … More Upside-down Christmas Trees?

Guess Which Country Has 4 Months of Christmas!

I wrote this article for Candid Slice and thought you all might find it as interesting as I did. http://www.candidslice.com/cultural-holiday-traditions-four-months-of-christmas/ There is one country which celebrates Christmas from the first of September to January 6th, the day of the Epiphany (or the Three Kings).  The Filipinos hold this record breaking status. There, instead of saying … More Guess Which Country Has 4 Months of Christmas!