My children feel like the only ones in the world to whom Santa does not send an “Elf on the Shelf.” They are eternally bitter about it. And I relish it. To any parents out there who feel obligated to...
If ever there was a year that needed a bit of extra sparkle, 2020 is it. The glow and twinkle of holiday lights seems to make everything brighter, cheerier, and festive. And even better: you can walk around and...
As we all know by now, 2020 is a year like no other. Beloved events and activities that have become family traditions will likely be very different this year, or cancelled altogether. We’ve done our best to update this...
I stopped drinking about ten years ago. Recently, I’ve had several people reach out to me who are newly sober, asking for advice on how to handle the holidays when you’re not drinking. Some of these people tried a...
Navigating the holidays while living a military life can be tricky. There's usually more questions than answers. Do you travel home? Do you save the money and stay put? Will holidays feel less magical if we are so far...
School holidays—love them or loathe them, they come every fall & winter and remind us how much we love our kids’ teachers. If you’re looking ahead to Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks and thinking, I’ve got to find something for...
Every December, people in Mexico and around the world get together with family and friends to reenact Mary and Joseph’s journey of looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem. These parties are called Posadas, and they’re a must-do...
December 24th is my absolute favorite day of the whole year.  I love everything about the day before Christmas. Beginning the moment my eyes fly open on Christmas Eve morning, I relish in the hustle and bustle of finishing up...
Dear grandparents,  We, the parents, adore it when you love on our children through quality time and gifts. We know how fun it is to be "Santa," during the holidays or on birthdays, or even on weekend sleepovers.  We have some...
If you are like me, you're probably wondering where November went as you summon the strength to pull out the Christmas ornaments and face the shopping craze. The big city tree lightings have already happened, and Santa has been...
As a little girl I remember Christmas always being a day I greatly looked forward to. I would spend days upon days dreaming up the greatest gifts to fill my Christmas wish list. I scoured magazines and intently watched...
Tis the Season!  There are so many unique and memorable holiday events in San Antonio this season that are free and family friendly. Free Events (sorted by date) Holidazzle, Saturday, December 7th - 8:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. at Baldwin Municipal Complex (Schertz)...
When Charles Dickens self-published A Christmas Carol in 1843, it slowly intensified the previously dwindling ardor toward Christmas. Dickens offered a reminder—or maybe for some, an introduction—into a deeper meaning behind celebrating Christmas. Something that emphasized a charitable notion...
As mothers, we all want the best for our kids. With the holidays soon approaching, many of us will focus on picking the perfect gifts for our kids, family members, coworkers, teachers, neighbors...you get the picture. Gift-giving can get...

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The sun has set on Summer 2021, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is here, and it’s my favorite...