Tag Archives: Traditions

Family Affair

Usually there are 20 of us, or even more than that. Basically all my grandmother’s children, her grandkids, and her great-grandkids. We all sit around the table together, and there’s no space at all, and it’s one of the most … Continue reading

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Christmas in July

My boys are young, but I’ve already started incorporating the Santa’s Sacks tradition into our Christmas. Each year our children pick our toys they own but don’t play with anymore to give to other children as extra presents when Santa … Continue reading

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The Tree

My mother died at almost 95, and I needed to walk to the tree. That’s what my son would say after we planted a Texas redbud in Riverside Park 18 years ago. His father had died two years before, when … Continue reading

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Managing the holiday rollercoaster … Emotional honesty

 Ask yourself, “What am I feeling?” You may know you feel “bad,” but are you specifically feeling sad to not see your grandmother — or your grandchildren? Anxious about being alone for the holidays? Guilty that you’re not at all upset that … Continue reading

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Managing the holiday rollercoaster …Holiday Meals

Set aside assumptions about what the holidays and holiday meals “have to” look like. Always felt that stuffing AND sweet potatoes AND mashed potatoes AND dinner rolls was a bit much? Now’s your chance to scale back, especially if you … Continue reading

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