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Dropping the Ball

A couple of years ago, on a frozen New Year’s Eve, I watched as a brilliantly lit Hippity Hop ball descended to Earth. It could have been a budget remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, minus Keanu Reeves. … Continue reading

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Ho, Ho … WHOA!

By now, I should be used to the wacky and the tacky at Christmastime, from beer-can trees to Kris Kringle toilet seat covers. But nothing in a lifetime of holidays prepared me for The Ugly Sweater. The best thing I … Continue reading

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Holding On

Pets have a way of making the holidays unforgettable. There was our long-ago cat Twinkle, for example, who discovered the joys of Christmas-tree tinsel. She not only lived, she shared the results in glorious Technicolor behind the television for all … Continue reading

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Love in a Cold Time

The first serious snowfall of winter always energizes me. Maybe part of me never stopped being nine years old. That’s how old I was when the Christmas Blizzard of 1982 hit, transforming the world around me with sudden rapidity. A … Continue reading

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Joy of the Moment

Missy stabs with her finger as the Christmas lights come into view. “Look … Lookit!” She cranks the volume as high as she can when the Hallelujah Chorus comes on. “Yeah!” She carts her hand-sized Christmas Bear with her everywhere, … Continue reading

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Picking Up The Peaces

It’s time to enter the deep end. You know what I mean. The Christmas season. The most full-immersion experience this country offers,  unless you count the marketing for the new Star Wars movie. The wrapping paper and decorations hit the … Continue reading

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Bringing the Year to Book

With the exception of the Muppet version, my Mom has never really liked “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It makes sense. Musically, it’s the holiday equivalent of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Logistically, it strikes a little too … Continue reading

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Christmas Presence

“He had eaten most, talked most and laughed most. But now he simply was not there at all!” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”   Every year, my sisters and I knew that to wake up Christmas, we had to wake … Continue reading

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A Simple Thanks

“What time will the bus get here?” For a moment, Heather didn’t know what to say. Missy, our developmentally disabled ward, spends five mornings a week waiting for her “bus,” the van that takes her to her day program. She’s … Continue reading

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A Light Matter

It still feels wrong. It’s like the Grinch that stole Boxing Day. Or Ralphie getting a Nerf gun under the tree. Or Santa Claus taking to the skies in a B-52. (“We have chimney acquisition!”) But there’s no avoiding it. … Continue reading

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