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As a little girl, I loved decorating for Christmas. I started begging right after Thanksgiving for my parents to get all the decorations and the tree down from the attic. They would eventually give in and start pulling box by box from the small … more
I made a Christmas planning faux pas this past week. It was a grievous error that will be hard to forget. Scheduling oral surgery during the Christmas holidays seemed smart. Insurance deductibles and the fact that the college is out for Christmas … more
Scott Serafin bore little resemblance to a jolly old elf the first time he played the role of Santa. He was a young soldier who had just been rescued from a foxhole in Vietnam. He was wearing a beard made out of cotton balls and a t-shirt and … more
What's pink with jingle bells around its neck and goes hippity-hop through the mud and snow? CHRISTMAS PIG! Yep, our new Christmas feature by the fountain in the front yard is a pig on snow skis. It has colored lights and a festive scarf wrapped … more
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
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