As my husband and I have started our own little family, we’ve initiated our own Christmas traditions. Baking Christmas cookies, cutting down our Christmas tree, and seeing the Boston Pops are a few. But even though I love these new traditions that fuel the excitement of the holiday, my favorite tradition is a carry-over from […]
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My father was larger than life. He wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t always get along, but he was an amazing dad. Especially at Christmas. While my father felt family was everything on any given day of the year, Christmas was The Show. My father insisted on the biggest tree, decorated with hundreds of lights, both […]
This year, I came up with 33 ideas for stocking stuffers that are neither plastic nor candy. Try some of these to fill your stockings this Christmas!
My oldest daughter, soon to be 8 years old, sipped her hot cocoa thoughtfully, the white lights of our Christmas tree reflected in her dark blue eyes. She watched me wrestle awkwardly with the star on top. “You know what I really want this year?” ”What’s that?” I asked from within the pine needles, thinking […]
On the day after Thanksgiving, we put up our holiday decorations. A wreath made of colored balls in the shape of a peace sign goes on our front door. We put our menorah on our dining room table, and our vintage tinsel Christmas tree gets assembled in our family room. My husband is Jewish, and […]
I’m the mom you roll your eyes at. I go ALL OUT for holidays. I set up elaborate holiday breakfasts, stash away dozens of holiday-themed books, make birthdays a full-on experience. I love giving gifts, and I love making memories for my kids. But guess what. That stinkin’ Elf you see everywhere? Not in my […]
Every year during the month of December, I repeat several hopeful promises to myself: In coming years, I WILL SHOP EARLIER. I will do holiday errands early and check off my “to-do list” before December 1 so I can fully enjoy the magic of the holiday season. The reality is, the early shopping goal never […]
For 364 days a year, Brockton, Massachusetts, is known as the City of Champions. On the last Saturday in November, though, Brockton transforms into a far more magical place — USA Christmas Town awaits! James Edgar, a Brockton department store owner, was once quoted as saying, “I have never been able to understand why the […]
This holiday season, check out some of the amazing holiday events in Boston — and beyond!
November 24–December 31 Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” (Boston) :: Let Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing candy canes. Follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with colorful characters, breathtaking costumes, and majestic scenery. From the captivating dance of the sugar plum fairy […]
This post is brought to you through a partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club.Here are some of the holiday recipes we can’t wait to put together. We are making our shopping lists, heading to BJ’s, and coming home to cook!
It’s that time of year again — the to-do list is a mile long, and between shopping, decorating, and holiday parties, there isn’t much time to brainstorm ideas to spend quality time as a family. To save you the time, we’ve come up with some simple and fun ways to embrace the season and create […]
Last Christmas, we kept our holiday season pretty low key. My twins were just 4 months old, and between the general craziness of having two infants and a plague-like cold turned bronchiolitis, we didn’t exactly celebrate big. We did manage to get a Christmas tree, which took pretty much the entire month to put up and […]
Christmastime is the most wonderful time of year, but it can quickly take over all your hard-earned savings and lead to a significant amount of stress. Year after year, my husband and I have followed a Pinterest-inspired idea that has kept us on a budget. Our gift giving tradition has allowed us to refocus on what’s […]
We’ve officially entered the season of giving. This sentiment can sometimes get lost, however, as our children are likely more focused on what they’re going to get this holiday season. In the interest of putting the focus back on the spirit of community and giving back, we’ve compiled a list of a few events that […]