We celebrate Hanukkah and we are not Jewish. I am well aware we have not experienced the centuries of Jewish struggles and therefore have no right to claim the celebrations since we can't claim the persecution. But, December is a special month of many winter holidays and we do our best to honor and appreciate … Continue reading Gimme Gimme Gimel!
We have hundreds of Christmas songs on our computer organized into multiple playlists. Listening to holiday tunes is an important tradition to my family and a major highlight of the season. We are a music loving family but it can get intense during December when the pressure is on to get your fill of the … Continue reading Kids’ Top 5 Christmas Songs of 2017
The jewel in our winter holiday crown is the Winter Solstice -- the traditional winter holiday and the ancient origin to all modern religious holidays. While the Winter Solstice celebrates the annual astrological event of the longest night of the year, the symbolism and mysticism of this special day run deep. All traditional cultures celebrate Winter Solstice … Continue reading The Reason For Our Season: Winter Solstice
Even though next year's St Nicholas Day might exclusively focus on Krampus and his many variations, this year's holiday was earmarked for a "community service project". The kids chose to make bags to pass out to the regular panhandlers we see at main intersections in town. Mr.9 and Ms.7 decided the gallon ziplock bags needed … Continue reading St. Nick’s Community Service Project
Today we celebrated our first big winter holiday, St. Nicholas Day. The kids left out their shoes last night and were greeted with a little sweet treat this morning and then off to YouTube we went! We have touched on St. Nicholas in past years so Mr.9 and Ms.7 were familiar with the idea that … Continue reading Winter Holiday: St. Nicholas vs. Krampus
I originally published this post on November 14, 2010 on my former "natural mama" blog. I was busy mothering a 2 year old and a newborn and the topic of Santa weighed heavy in my heart. How to undo the years of cultural holiday conditioning? Was it possible to do our own thing in the … Continue reading Throwback 2010: Tabula Rasa and Santa
My children's appreciation of art is important to me . . . so I try to make it important to them. Art covers the walls of our house -- an elaborate tapestry from a trip to India, a great-aunt's watercolors and my beloved batiks featuring a female nude form the kids' family favorites. And, of … Continue reading Art Appreciation Applications