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We've likely all been listening to Christmas songs since before Thanksgiving now. Has anyone been humming this tune on repeat?  Rocking around the Christmas tree  You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear Voices singing, let's be jolly Deck the halls with...
The holidays are here and many of us are seeing relatives that we have not seen in a while. We all gather around delectable buffets that include family recipes. After initial “hellos,” we all start to share what we...

When Santa Isn’t Fair

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When my kid was a little bit, I read a random article about how children of lower-income families sometimes wondered why Santa did not bring them as many presents as their classmates. It stuck with me. Never prior had I...
When my oldest son was in the first grade, he went to the writing center in his classroom every single day of school in December. At the writing center, he got to write a letter to Santa with all...
“Merry Christmas!” “Is your baby excited for his first Christmas?” “I can’t wait until your son sits on Santa’s lap!” Above are examples of phrases and questions I’ve heard from strangers, acquaintances and our family medical practitioners regarding the holiday season. I’d...
There are many jokes about East Side vs. West Side in Cincinnati. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard most of them.  The West Side (Bridgetown, Cheviot, Monfort Heights, Delhi, Colerain, Harrison, and Western Hills) is mostly anything west of I-75 and...
I never thought about how I'd raise my kids. All I thought about was having children. But now that I have a daughter and a son, all I seem to be thinking about is what kind of people they are...
There are many different ways to give back during the holidays. Last Christmas, I purchased a Giving Manger for my family, which, according to the website, “helps families shift the focus of Christmas back to giving. A piece of straw...
When you think of Christmas traditions, one usually thinks of making and decorating cookies together, advent calendars, decorating the tree or making salt dough ornaments for the tree. Sure, those are all fun and typical holiday traditions. But how about...
Make your list and check it twice for some new Christmas reads the whole family will enjoy! Reading offers a wonderful way for families to slow down and take a breath during a busy Christmas season. There are some amazing...

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