Winter Beauty

One of my four favorite seasonsĀ  year is winter. (Yes, for various reasons, I love each one. I’ve seen them all from South Carolina to western, mountainous and eastern North Carolina; some Southern states get hit with hurricanes more often than the rest of the South. But other parts of the South get hit by … More Winter Beauty

Christmas Memories

First verse of Silver Bells: Christmas makes you feel emotionalIt may bring parties or thoughts devotionalWhatever happens, whatever may beHere is what Christmas time means to me. Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. My childhood memories of Christmas were about times of happiness, church and celebration of Jesus’s birth, family, food, and of course Santa … More Christmas 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

Guess Which Country Has 4 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 Merry Christmas, they say, “Maligayang Pasko.” And with door-to-door candy collecting, firecrackers and holiday lights, this holiday feels like the … More Guess Which Country Has 4 Months of Christmas!