As I climbed out of the crater, the calendar said it was the end of the year. But there are other calendars. Nan told me that her people live by three of them. "The stars tell us what to do," she said. "The moon tells us when to do these things, and the sun gives … Continue reading Year O: Launch!
I promised to tell you about a Campfire Tales tradition. A few years ago, on a river cruise down the Danube during December, I discovered the joy of gluhwein at the Christkindlmarkt. (Translations: mulled wine; Christmas Market.) Once home, I sought out a recipe (this one, I think it was) and now I make it … Continue reading Christmas Cheer
Holiday cards sent? Check! (unfortunately, that took all week to accomplish) I only have a little time to put up a few decorations. How about a tree? ...or two? Done! Hmm, what now? Maybe some whimsical decorations? Something serene and beautiful? Or both? Done! What's missing? Oh yeah! Victorian carolers and a Nutcracker! Done and … Continue reading Last Minute Decorations
I love traditions, especially during the holidays. Please tell me yours! I've been bingeing on mini-oranges lately; easy to peel, delicious, and healthy. After lunch today, as I peeled an orange to feed my addiction craving, "A" said to me, "In my family, we put an orange on top of the mochi, and then eat … Continue reading Trash Talk