Category Archives: Christmas

The worst toy I ever had.

Christmas, 1966.   For months I’d been begging my parents to buy me the hottest new toy the commercials were telling me I just had to have: a walking, barking dog called Penny the Poodle.  Even if you’re old enough … Continue reading

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I’m stuffed, grateful and relieved it’s over.

We had a really nice day. The temperatures were in the 70s today and there was on and off rain all day. I felt more like I should be saying “Happy Easter” than “Merry Christmas.” We had dinner at my … Continue reading

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No white Christmas this year.

I’m not a big fan of snow or cold weather, but this entire month has been unseasonably warm, and after two or three days of moderately cold weather (but still above freezing), the springlike weather is back. Her’es a screenshot … Continue reading

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Here is my favorite Christmas movie ever. I’ve watched it almost every year since I was a small child. I always felt like I could relate to Charlie Brown–self doubting, a worrywart, a little avoidant–basically an introvert who tries hard … Continue reading

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9 ways to survive the holidays.

Many of us who were raised in narcissistic families or come from abusive backgrounds don’t have good associations with Christmas and the holidays in general. On top of this, Christmas has become overcommercialized and even people from normal, happy families … Continue reading

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It’s a cat-tastrophe!

My daughter posted this on her Facebook today. That’s her kitten Zelda up there at the top of the tree. Maybe she thinks she’s an angel. NOT! Click to enlarge. 😆

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Surviving the holidays

Originally posted on Lucky Otters Haven:
I relate to Charlie Brown. As a kid, “Peanuts” was my favorite comic strip (I owned all the Peanuts books too), and Charlie Brown was a lot like me–fearful of what others thought of…

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Best day ever

862 views on Christmas day, FAR surpassing any previous Best Day. It didn’t seem real. Then I got 2 private emails. I won’t quote them here out of respect for the privacy of the individuals who wrote them (I did … Continue reading

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Joy to the World

Call me stodgy and old fashioned, but I love old, classic, Christmas carols over the more modern remakes. There’s 45 minutes left of December 25th. Hope everyone is in good holiday spirits and peace be with all of you. For … Continue reading

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Forgive me for this but…

I almost choked to death laughing. On a less irreverent note: and on a more serious note:

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