In addition to being "Boxing Day," the day after Christmas is also the first day of Kwanzaa, a popular holiday in the African-American community that celebrates heritage and integrity. It also marks the kickoff the "12 Days of Christmas" which culminates with Epiphany on January 6. Plenty of celebrating still to do! Speaking of Boxing … Continue reading December Delights – Day 26!
Here it is - Christmas Day! I hope that, in the midst of the tinsel and discarded wrapping paper, you had a few moments of peace and calm to think about the True Gifts of the season. Tomorrow, we'll drop off our Reverse Advent Calendar box; we just have two more items to add. Today … Continue reading December Delights – Day 25!
Tonight should be a quiet night, full of opportunity to sit quietly and ponder the year that has been. Maybe it will be that for you - or maybe instead it's a night of fuss and madness as toys are assembled, menus are sorted out, presents are wrapped, and the dog sneaks into the kitchen … Continue reading December Delights – Day 24!
According to the Seinfeld tradition, today is Festivus, a holiday marked by a bare aluminum pole and the "Airing of Grievances" (along with "Feats of Strength"). 2020 has been an unkind year for many of us in many ways - I daresay the Airing of Festivus Grievances took longer than usual! However, the Yuletide season has … Continue reading December Delights – Day 23!
It sometimes seems that the closer we get to the actual holiday, the busier we get with the holiday! Dec. 22 was one of those days for me and - let me emphasize this strongly - that's okay, provided we don't get (to use a lovely Southernism) "tore out of frame." For me, the day … Continue reading December Delights – Day 22!
Today marks the official beginning of winter. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year (or the shortest day, depending on how you want to view things), meaning that Light returns on this darkest of nights. Our days begin to - bit by bit - grow longer from this point. Light is at … Continue reading December Delights – Day 21!
Christmas is coming fast! In the next few days, make sure to make some time for some enjoyable pondering - read a favorite holiday story, make a batch of sweets or a loaf of bread, refill the feeders so you can enjoy the birds - whatever it takes to allow you at least a few … Continue reading December Delights – Day 20!
No matter how carefully we plan, Life is sometimes going to have its own way. Walking the Diva path isn't about demanding that Life conform to our desires and wishes; it's about handling the changes in plans with grace and poise. Some days I manage to do that. Others, well . . . However, I … Continue reading December Delights – Day 19!
Today's a special one in the "December Delights" series because it's my Dad's birthday! So pause a moment to wish him well, please. As I continued my baking extravaganza today, I took a moment to add pasta sauce to the Reverse Advent Calendar box. It's full to overflowing now - I've got to get a … Continue reading December Delights – Day 18!
Today was to be the last day of baking, but there were some other plans - I'll explain. No bother, really - I'll continue with baking tomorrow. I'm finding that I'm really enjoying it - I think a sturdy stand mixer has a lot to do with that, especially since so many cookie recipes involve … Continue reading December Delights – Day 17!