Day 13: Hanukkah helper

Chag Sameach everyone! That means Happy Holidays in Hebrew. I know this because I Googled it in honor of Hanukkah, which started yesterday and ends Dec. 20.  I also Googled the order in which candles on the menorah are lit and what’s appropriate Hanukkah food, because I was sure it wasn’t the pork tenderloin I…

Day Eight: Handmade

I learned traditional domestic arts at an early age, taught by great aunts and uncles who were our official babysitters while our parents worked. My siblings (both male and female) and I learned the basics: how to sew, cook, bake, and clean. But we also learned  office and warehouse work in the family business and…

Day Three: Say cheese

‘Tis that time of year – the annual holiday photo shoot. Over the years I’ve approached this tradition with the zeal of an art director on a blockbuster movie. I’ve sifted flour over my kids to make it look like snow. (It didn’t.) I’ve made them wear reindeer antlers and Santa hats on their heads….

Day One: Advent calendar

Tiny windows open to reveal one perfect treat. Felt pockets hide bright, sequined ornaments. Hand knit baby stockings, machine-stitched cornucopia, Santa holding a tiny chalkboard, red and green tissue paper wrapped packages numbered one to 25: The advent calendar tradition is alive and well, and this year it’s come to mutterhood with our very own…