“Where are you going for Christmas this year?” That seems to be the most asked question right about now. For me, I have to bring a pie, a bag full of presents and show up at my son’s place, and wait for the dinner call. For some folks, this is their year to travel. Maybe they are daring and have booked a Christmas Eve flight, totally optimistic that the snow will be gone, … [Read more...] about Christmas Optimism Guides the Travelers
A major retailer’s association recently sent their members the results of a survey they had conducted regarding the biggest turnoffs customers have during Christmas shopping. The top three negative comments were: gaudy, over-decorated stores, overly perky or pushy sales staff, and loud Christmas music. I would agree and probably would have added a couple more of my favorites … [Read more...] about Why is it All So Loud and Bright?
Create a homey, traditional Christmas, using all the colors, aromas, textures, sounds, and flavors of this most joyous of celebrations. Here is a wealth of ideas to make your Christmas magical. Colors The colors of Christmas are earthy greens, browns, reds, and snowy whites. They are rich, warm, spicy colors like sienna and orange or the metallic glint of gold, silver, and … [Read more...] about Ideas to Fire the Senses this Christmas
A dry stick snapped and the brambles shivered as a small animal scurried down the bank toward the creek. “Probably a rabbit,” he thought. There used to be all sorts of animals sharing his bush, but now, not so many. How long had it been since he’d seen a pheasant? Less bush and more houses had chased the deer and the coyotes deeper into the last bit of forest that remained. … [Read more...] about The Seasons Go Round and Round
The little girl in the convenience store looked like a rainbow popsicle. Her cool sundress was purple, red, and yellow, her flip flops were bright green, and a big blue barrette struggled to contain wisps of her blonde hair. I was envious of her on this ninety degree day as I stood in line in my scratchy slacks, dress shoes, and sports jacket. Then she announced to everyone … [Read more...] about Cooling Off Spots of Our Youth