Tag: Christmas

On grief and Jewishness during the holiday season

I’m not going to lie – this Christmas season was hellish for me.  For one, I obviously don’t celebrate the holiday and when it’s shoved down my throat everywhere, I get irritated. Anyone who says there’s a “war on Christmas” and that people don’t… Continue Reading “On grief and Jewishness during the holiday season”

Leaking roofs, leaking eyes, and Christmas annoyances

We discovered a minor leak inside the Winnebago the day after Thanksgiving. It’s in the spot where the coach and the cab meet and it’s midway down in a corner area. Since we’ve only owned it for a month, even though it’s 12 years… Continue Reading “Leaking roofs, leaking eyes, and Christmas annoyances”

Becoming Jewish: the Christmas conundrum

Lately, my conversations with my mom have gone a little like this: Mom: “I sure would love to come out and visit again.” Me: “I’d love for you to see western Washington in the fall.” Mom: “I’d really love to come out and celebrate… Continue Reading “Becoming Jewish: the Christmas conundrum”

Why I’m hitting the “pause” button on my involvement in Christianity

This post is hard for me to write, but it’s a long time coming. I’ve spent the last several years on a spiritual journey, and I’ve ended up in a lot of dark corners, dead ends, and places that feel suspiciously like Knockturn Alley… Continue Reading “Why I’m hitting the “pause” button on my involvement in Christianity”

Merry maudlin Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  To anyone that reads this, I hope that your Christmas (if you celebrate it) was beautiful and completely free of stress. As for us, we couldn’t have asked for a more low-key holiday.  Honestly, as the sun slips away and darkness arrives… Continue Reading “Merry maudlin Christmas!”

Recipes of Christmases Past: Nutmeg Logs

I made these today and was instantly whisked back to my childhood.  I was full of memories of watching my mother make these for the holidays, the scent filling first the kitchen and then the whole house.  The rich smell of the nutmeg was a… Continue Reading “Recipes of Christmases Past: Nutmeg Logs”

Christmas trees, musicals, and making a community

I’m taking a break from dinner preparations to get this post up.  I’m having a “Transplant to Seattle” Thanksgiving dinner today at my house, and I’m hosting a few of my co-workers and their spouses who also uprooted their lives this year and moved… Continue Reading “Christmas trees, musicals, and making a community”

DIY: Christmas tree yo-yo garland

I love fabric yo-yos.  I’ve made them for years and I use them to make table covers and decorative throws.  I decided to use all my older yo-yos to make a garland for my Christmas tree, and I finally got it done tonight.