My life has been a whirlwind for the last few weeks. I'm guessing this is true for many of you, as well.
I've mentioned this before, but my beloved editor Becky Mabry died a year ago on Christmas Eve. Because of that, even though I love Christmas, thinking about the actual holiday is tinged with sadness.
One of my favorite gifts to give this time of year is a donation to a charity in someone's honor.
I haven't had much of a chance to decorate for Christmas yet, but I have been experimenting a bit with wreaths.
I wanted to write a story this year about people who have day-after-Thanksgiving traditions that aren't just about shopping. (I've already written about my family's tradition of attending Paxton's Christmas tree lighting.)
Ahh, the culinary wonders of Thanksgiving.
I can't decide if I'd rather eat all the customary dishes, or just think about all the possibilities of delicious combinations while my mouth waters.
Lately, I've been seeing frilly hair flowers, feathers and jewels in magazines and on fashion blogs. My December Real Simple magazine is no exception – it has an entire spread featuring unusual hair accessories.
I wrote a story for Sunday's paper about a new book called “Christmas in Illinois,” edited by James Ballowe.