15 Things I Miss During the Holidays in My Empty Nest (Cookies!)

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Most of the year, the empty nest is good. Though I miss my kids when I don't see them or hear from them often enough (are you listening, son?), my husband and I have adapted quite nicely to a home that's just the two of us and our dog. But somewhere around mid-October, I start to feel the emptiness a little bit more, as the holiday season begins.  Here are 15 things I … [Read more...]

The Dirty, Messy Business of Hanukkah

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It's Hanukkah. Whoop-de-frickin'-do. Every December the Jewish girl in me wishes I could put aside my inherent reluctance to embrace Christmas so I could festoon my house with bright, twinkly lights. I'd like to go out and buy a big, beautiful tree, on which I'd hang fragile, shiny ornaments - aqua blue and gold this year to match the fabrics in my living room. I'd love to … [Read more...]

The Holidays – I’m Over It.

It's as instantaneous and overwhelming as a fever breaking. Right around 3:00 December 25, I am completely finished with the holidays. Even this year, with Hanukkah lasting until December 28, I have lost all interest in the holiday spirit. There's still a few parties to attend, and of course New Year's Eve, but even the lure of half off gift wrap won't get me into a store this … [Read more...]

Are Boomers the Last Nostalgic Generation?

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I recently read something on Twitter that caught my attention: "An American tradition is something that happened to a baby-boomer twice." It was posted by someone much, much younger than I am - and it kind of made me wonder - is it true?  Upon further internet sleuthing, I discovered that this quote is in reference to Christmas music, and how most of the music considered … [Read more...]