Dear Susan, In another of my astounding Bad Catholic moments, I just threw a Christmas party (NOT an Advent gathering), missed Mass, and generally blew up my first two weeks of Advent. To be fair, I have pretty much let everything get out of control, not just my spiritual life. Today alone, I have missed… Continue reading ‘Tis the Feast Day – or Advent Overload
Dear Anne, I spent the last week on my couch, hopped up on Sudafed, near death nursing a bad cold. It couldn’t have hit at a worse time. Don’t those dastardly rhinoviruses (rhinoviri?) know I have things to do? I have presents to buy, halls to deck, cookies to bake, guest rooms to fix, not… Continue reading Wait For It! Keeping the Advent Season With a Little Help From NyQuil and an iPhone
Dear Susan, I once had a friend who derided certain holidays, like Mother’s Day, as “Hallmark Holidays,” events that were created by card makers to prey upon our sentimentality – and guilt – all of which translated into increased card sales for them. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I recognized Christmas… Continue reading Has Christmas Become a Hallmark Holiday?
Dear Anne, We will have an empty seat at the table this Thanksgiving, since we lost hubby’s father in April, and losing Barney just last month leaves an empty space under the table, too. And while it’s not in the same league, my oven just broke, days before the biggest cooking marathon of the year—a… Continue reading Christmas, Wait Your Turn—Celebrating Thanksgiving With a Grateful Heart
Dear Susan, December 3 might be the first day of Advent this year but, here in Houston, the holiday season kicks off with the annual Nutcracker Market for the Houston Ballet. This self-described holiday shopping extravaganza brings in about 100,000 shoppers over a four-day period each November. I remember my husband taking me to my… Continue reading Let’s Get This Advent Crackin’
Dear Anne, Today hubby and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Which is weird since I’m in my 40’s. What? I’m not? Well, if I’m a bit unrealistic about the passage of time, pondering this milestone has made me realize a few things about the institution in which we find ourselves committed. While you pointed… Continue reading Thirty Years and Counting—A Marriage Story
Dear Susan, I am just going to say it. I have dressed as a witch. This doesn’t mean that I am worshipping the Dark Lord or practicing Wiccan incantations. I just like a good Halloween celebration, a fancy hat, and a black tutu. Also, pointy shoes give you a more elongated leg line. For years,… Continue reading Holy, Halloween!?