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For most of December, my wife has been working on one thing -- Christmas decorations. Andrea usually has our tree up on the day after Thanksgiving and the yard decorations in place by Dec. 1. With the hustle and bustle of the 2016 holiday season, … more
With Christmas a little more than a week away, the Phillips family’s calendar is filling up faster than toys are being built at the North Pole. For several months now, our family has been preparing for two holiday stage performances, “The … more
It’s officially Christmastime for us. This weekend we’ll get a live tree, fire up the Christmas music, and light up the fireplace mantel. The celebrations are still special, but they more subdued since our folks passed on. Like always, there … more
Holiday tunes are everywhere. It’s not to the point where Christmas music is played year-round, but it definitely gets its time to shine. One Birmingham radio station was already playing holiday favorites by Halloween. Whether I am in a … more
Thanksgiving has evolved through the years for the Watson household. Looking back, celebrating this special holiday with our parents were some of the best memories of my life. But when they passed on, things changed for us. We now make Thanksgiving … more
Last weekend, Jilda and I did our winter chores. We had a long list we wanted to complete before Thanksgiving Day. We had invited family and friends over for “Turkey Day,” and we wanted to make sure the house looked nice. They probably would not … more
For most of my life, Thanksgiving meant one thing — lunch at my grandparents' house. As far back as I can remember, we went to Pa Paw and Granny's house. My grandparents were Jim O. "Sharky" and Ruby Phillips.Their house has always been special … more
Millions of people from across the globe trek through the stairwells and halls of Elvis Presley’s Graceland each year. While I have toured Graceland in the past, I had the incredible experience a couple of weeks ago to visit the King of Rock … more
When one thinks of November holidays, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and the beginning of Advent are the ones that come to mind. But the month has some obscure holidays too. Men Make Dinner Day, Deviled Egg Day, and Square Dance Day are some that … more
Jilda prepares dinner every day without fail. She often cooks breakfast and lunch, too, but dinner is the biggie. We rarely waste food. At any given time there are stacks of containers inside our refrigerator. Every day or so, our dinner is a … more
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