Xing Out Holiday eXpectations

Christmas shopping list replaces expectations with gratitude

Want to have happier holidays? Give up eXpectations. Cross them right off the list and out of your mind. Tell yourself you are going to be open and grateful for whatever comes along. Play the game of life and look for the gift. No, not the ones tied with pretty bows sitting under the tree …

Who’s Bringing the Holly Home this Year?

Love the way holly's distinctive green leaves and vibrant red berries adorn your holiday table, especially under candlelight? Then you better wait close to its show off date to bring it indoors. This robust winter beauty begins to shrivel in the heat. And if you are superstitious at all, wait until Christmas. Legend has it that it's …

Some (not so) Squirrelly Advice for Pleasant Holidays

Mixed Nuts What do you think about when you think about squirrels?  Ravaged bird feeders?  Acrobatic acts?  Rabies?  The park?  Nuts?  Well, yes, nuts.  That also comes to mind when I think about the December holidays. Not just the type of nuts we eat --- like roasted chestnuts, walnuts on that sumptuous apple pie, or …

Fake Holidays

At five years old, my birthday was my favorite time of year.  In my young adult dating years, Valentine’s Day ranked #1.   Christmas anticipation didn’t last long as my dysfunctional family of origin turned a Norman Rockwell holiday into one of chaos, anger and disappointment.  No fun.  For years, I dreaded winter holidays when stores …