Tag: Holidays

Decoding Gift-Giving This Season

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This is only our fourth Christmas as parents, so I reach December 25th wondering, as I stare at the wreckage of boxes and wrapping...

Holiday FOMO

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I never knew what FOMO actually stood for until I moved to Chattanooga. Fear of Missing Out is a real thing here — there’s...

The Essential Christmas

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Over the last year I’ve been working to determine what is essential. What is it about my life, my career, and my focus that...

Untraditional Holidays

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With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind, nostalgia and childhood memories are filling the air. I’m not sure if it’s the...

Maintaining The Holiday Presence When Parents Work

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Some of my first memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas included me looking anxiously at the calendar six weeks before the big days, when my...

Being More Present at Christmastime

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How is it December already? It feels like it was just yesterday I was slathering my boys in sunscreen and heading to the swimming...

Making Spirits Bright: Keeping Holiday Traditions Fun for Teens, Tweens, and...

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I grew up in a small family without a lot of traditions. I watched every holiday commercial and Thanksgiving or Christmas special longing to...

Last-Minute Ideas for the Fourth of July

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Tuesday seems like a weird day for a holiday, doesn't it? If you work, you probably want to take Monday off. If you plan...

When You Hate Valentine’s Day but You Have Kids

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I am not heartless, I swear. But Hallmark holidays really bug me. And Valentine's Day is the worst of them. Maybe it's that I had...

Season’s Greetings: Long Live Snail Mail

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As a kid, I often raced down our rocky driveway to check the mailbox. I had pen pals from around the world who traded...