Day 25: A wish for the season

Families have gathered, Christmas presents exchanged, and now comes the calm before the returns/shopping/vacation storm. This space will be quiet for a bit while we enjoy time with our families, but in January we’ll return with new stories, essays and pictures centered around the idea of home. Thank you for joining us during this holiday…

Day 24: Good tidings

We once had a neighbor, the father of three little girls, who cast a spell every Christmas Eve. After he and his family returned home from church, and late enough that all little children would be in bed, he bundled up, ventured outside and slowly walked around the perimeter of his house, shaking a bridle…

Day 23: Silver and gold

I spy three snowflakes and lots of gold dots, a small silver bell and pink in some spots; one shiny bow, two rings and a star, three holiday wishes for those near and far.  

Day 22: Family fun

Ice skating. Sledding. Building a snowman. Eating. Playing board games. Decorating a gingerbread house. Watching the Yule Log on TV. Drinking egg nog. Drinking mulled wine. Deciding if you like mulled wine. Decorating the tree. Caroling. Shopping. Pictures with Santa. Ugly Christmas sweaters. Office parties. Friend parties. Lots of parties. Christmas movies. Popcorn. Decorating. Baking….

Day 21: Holiday light

Snow fell gently that Christmas Eve, covering streets and sidewalks in white. People spilled out of church, quiet after the candlelight service, tightening scarves and pulling on gloves. Noticing the snow, they gently took elbows or held hands in case someone slipped. Families stepped carefully down the stairs and looked for their cars; neighborhood parishioners…

Day 19: Sweet tooth

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” — Buddy the Elf I have a theory about Christmas candy. See, when you think about candy holidays, the first one that pops into mind is usually Halloween, because trick-or-treating at its core is nothing more than…

Day 18: Rudolphology

Did you know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was born in Chicago? Most people know that Santa’s reindeer were originally named in Clement Moore’s 1823 poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” But Rudolph as we’ve come to know him wasn’t born until 1939 when the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward company asked one of its copywriters, Robert May,…

Day 17: An evening in, perhaps?

We’re in the holiday home stretch, that weekend before the final weekend before it all ends on Christmas. If days spent shopping, merry-making and working are taking their toll, perhaps a quiet evening at home is in order. In that spirit, we offer our recommendations for The Best Movies to Watch That May Not Sound…

Day 16: Holiday greens

I spy a Santa, six candy canes green, two mittens, one cupcake, some stars in between; a snowman, a bear, M&Ms in a dish, a bright shiny pickle and yes, even the Grinch.    

Day 14: (Not about) holiday parties

Today we were going to write about holiday parties (office, school, neighborhood) but given the somewhat fraught environment we find ourselves in these days we decided to post this pretty picture instead. Isn’t it lovely? Imagine your favorite festive gathering taking place behind those softly lit windows. It’s probably better that way.