When I was growing up I was a huge gift-giver. I spent hundreds of dollars on gifts, even as a child. I loved the look of excitement on my friends’ and family’s faces when they opened their gift and saw that it was exactly what they wanted. Giving gifts has always been fun for me.… Read More How to make sure you have a good Christmas this weekend
I hosted a white elephant exchange a few weeks ago. One of my friends who attended, Nancy, told me that, on the way to the party, she’d had a conversation with her little 8-year-old girl to prepare her for the event. “Now remember,” she said, “you might not end up getting what you want. Your… Read More Put a little more enjoyment into your Christmas season
Over the last few years, I’ve tried to cultivate a lifestyle of hospitality. Whenever I’m tempted to get puffed up with pride at how far I come, I find myself in the home of a Middle Easterner. That always brings me back to earth in a hurry.
I recently got back from a whirlwind trip across the Middle East. Our first stop was in Jordan. A friend of ours lives in Jordan, so he picked us up and played tour guide the entire time we were there. As we traveled around the country, I noticed an interesting trend.
One of my favorite Christmas decorations is the advent wreath. Every year as a child, I would look forward to unwrapping my parent’s wreath, the one with all the angels carved around the edges. When Michael and I got married, a new advent wreath for our home was one of the first things I purchased.… Read More The symbolism of the advent wreath
Advent – the four weeks before Christmas – is a time of expectation and excitement. It is a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future. Since the first day of Advent begins this Sunday, I’m dedicating this week’s articles to the occasion. One of the things I love about Advent is that… Read More What I’m looking forward to this Advent season
Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the subject of thankfulness. Thankfulness is something that almost everyone would agree is important, and yet at the same time, almost everyone neglects to actually establish the habit of giving thanks. Why is that?
Ever since I lived in South Korea, whenever I think of Thanksgiving I also think of Chuseok. Chuseok is a Korean holiday, often billed as the Korean version of Thanksgiving. Indeed, it does have some similarities to the holiday that so many Americans know so well. It is a time when family gathers together, a… Read More A tradition worth sharing
As fall came to a close, I had come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn’t going to make good progress on my fall bucket list this year. I really was ok with that. I’ve done a lot of other cool things this fall, including several amazing trips and getting my first book… Read More Winter bucket list
Happy Halloween! I have to be honest, it was hard for me to even type that sentence. Ever since I was little, I’ve always hated this holiday. The creepy decorations, the ghoulish costumes, the weird music…there is pretty much nothing about this holiday that I enjoy. I always breathe a sigh of relief when November… Read More What I like about Halloween