So Long, 2016

I wrote 14 posts this year. Sometimes I wonder if I’m still a blogger. What can I say? It’s been a hell of a year. A lot of this is known to people; we all heard about the election, and … Continue reading

Finessing Christmas

When I was young, our Christmases were extravaganzas. My parents weren’t Clark Griswold/Christmas store-style decorators, but we had lights on the house and a big, full tree that was overdecorated and surrounded by piles of presents. On Christmas Eve, we’d … Continue reading

Keeping the Holiday Stress in Check

Impossible, you say? A lot of people would agree with you; the Washington Post reports that holiday stress makes this the most challenging time of year for many women. I have wonderful memories of childhood Christmases. There were always lots … Continue reading

Deck the Meme with Boughs of Holly (updated)

This holiday meme was stolen from Katherine of Somewhere in the Middle. Enjoy, and pass it on. 1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate, definitely! 2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Neither–Santa leaves … Continue reading

Holiday Traditions: Opening Gifts

I’ve written about what we eat, and how we’re trying to balance different gift-giving philosophies. But what about the actual gifts? Mr. Sandwich’s family would get up and go for a run. If you don’t think this sounds traditional, then … Continue reading

Have a Holly, Jolly, Blurry Christmas

I’ll probably post again before the weekend, but as we’re midway through our various celebrations, this seems as good a time as any to hurl holiday cheer into the Internet void. This past weekend, my side of the family came … Continue reading

Holiday Traditions: Food

Growing up, we ate nothing in particular (well, something, not just anything specific) on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning was usually sour cream coffee cake with eggs and bacon. For Christmas dinner, though, we pulled out all the stops: Roast prime … Continue reading