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