Advent · Christmas

‘Tis the Feast Day – or Advent Overload

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

Advent · Christmas · Movies

Has Christmas Become a Hallmark Holiday?

  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?

Advent · Friendship

Let’s Get This Advent Crackin’

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’

bapstism · confirmation · wine

Saving the Choice Wine: Lessons in the Napa Fires

Dear Susan, Back in the day, when I was warping young minds in religious ed, I invented the fire and water game. This was part of our sacrament unit. I would read out a statement about baptism (water) or confirmation (fire) and the kids would hold up a picture of flames or a water droplet,… Continue reading Saving the Choice Wine: Lessons in the Napa Fires