“Happy birthday, great-Grandma!” 6 year-old Madeleine took great pleasure in declaring this wish as often as she could. All day she’d run up to and plant a huge kiss on the older woman’s cheek. Maizie hugged her great-granddaughter tightly. For Maizie, … Continue reading Family Gatherings
December 26 = Day after Christmas = Boxing Day — or St. Stephen’s Day, if you’re in Ireland. “What exactly is Boxing Day?” I’m often asked, whenever I invoke my “Floating Holiday” privilege at work. “It’s the holiday the day … Continue reading It’s Boxing Day!
Here’s to the day of good will, cold weather, and warm hearts! I hope Father Christmas was very kind to you and that Krampus did not pay you a visit. 😀 I found this wonderful Irish toast that conveys my sentiments … Continue reading Merry Christmas! ❅
Temperatures plummet As December draws to close Winter is coming My joints cry out for mercy ~ I should be hibernating! Snow gently invades, Quietly builds its kingdom Wintry wonderland? Snow forts, snowball fights, snowmen ~ The white stuff is … Continue reading Winter (Tanka)
In the early days at the company where I used to work, we would get half day off on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. If Christmas day fell on a weekend it was great, because we would still have the … Continue reading Ghosts of Christmases Past
Happy Festivus, everyone! As far as made-up recently created holidays go, this one has really taken off. A holiday celebrated on December 23, Festivus gives people the option to avoid the consumerism of all other December holidays. Festivus was made famous … Continue reading A Festivus For The Rest Of Us