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
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
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?
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!
This is one of my favorite stories from my childhood. Since I no longer have the book, I’ve told the story as well as I could remember it, but with a few of my own embellishments. Once upon a time a poor farmer, his wife and three children lived in an average sized farmhouse. But as … More No Room For a Sneeze
In 2010 the song “Give a Little Bit of Your Love To Me,” written by Roger Hodgson, was sung by his group Super Tramp. It has been used for Christmas advertisements; sung by the Googoo Dolls; sung in honor of Princess Diana, (since it was one of her favorite songs); and played in movies and … More Give a Little Bit of Your Love
When I was 12 years old I noticed I was having trouble seeing the writing on the blackboard in school. I always sat at the front of the class anyway so I didn’t know how long my vision had been declining. But soon the front row seat did not help me see the board clearly any more. … More Put Your Glasses On And Look