Boxing day

Boxing day

Did you have a merry Christmas? Whether perfect or not, I hope it was very magical for you. Today begins the first of the 12 days of Christmas. Or the 2nd day. It depends on which source you believe. If Christmas is day zero, then the 12 days beginning today will end...
Winter solstice cake

Winter solstice cake

December 21 is the day of winter solstice. The shortest day of the year, or, the longest night of the year, however you prefer to look at it. Celebrate by baking a dark chocolate cake and decorate it with a frosted image of the sun. If you’re not into cake decorating,...
Alternatives to Christmas cards

Alternatives to Christmas cards

If you did not do Christmas cards and you feel guilty about it, try doing New Years cards instead. Or you can plan for Valentine cards, like Julia Child is famous for doing. (Image credit: Remy Tumin and Patricia Wall for the New York Times) You might also like these...
December week 3

December week 3

With less than 2 weeks left in the countdown to Christmas, I hope you are keeping your smiles and your sanity. Does it look like you might have a white Christmas where you live? If so, be sure to stock up on grocery basics and toilet paper so you don’t have to...
The Mother of Thanksgiving

The Mother of Thanksgiving

This is Sarah Josepha Hale in 1831, portrait by James Reid Lambdin. Sarah Hale is the woman who persistently lobbied for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in the United States. I mean, REALLY persistent. Here she tells President Abraham Lincoln that she has been...
Advent calendar for kids

Advent calendar for kids

Consider if you want to do some kind of Advent calendar or countdown calendar in December. If it requires making something, you may want to start now, or plan it and order supplies if needed. Maybe an edible Advent calendar of chocolates or cookies? A simple but...