Posts Tagged: holidays

Ghosts of Hallowe’en Past

One of the roots of Hallowe’en is All Souls/All Saints, the night when spirits can pass through easily from one side to the other. I love the imagery of the Day of the Dead, with its marigolds and sugar skulls. Where

Ghosts of Hallowe’en Past

One of the roots of Hallowe’en is All Souls/All Saints, the night when spirits can pass through easily from one side to the other. I love the imagery of the Day of the Dead, with its marigolds and sugar skulls. Where

In December

December was surprisingly calm chez Exacting! I always attempt to do “just enough” for Dec 24-Jan 1 so that it feels festive but not frantic. This was the first year (in 4) that Link didn’t come home for Christmas. But Link was

In December

December was surprisingly calm chez Exacting! I always attempt to do “just enough” for Dec 24-Jan 1 so that it feels festive but not frantic. This was the first year (in 4) that Link didn’t come home for Christmas. But Link was

Petits Bonheurs

Life is made of little moments of happiness. And sometimes big ones. I am making a little trip to Paris next month! For any newcomers to the blog, I travel twice a year to see relatives: one trip to Toronto,

Petits Bonheurs

Life is made of little moments of happiness. And sometimes big ones. I am making a little trip to Paris next month! For any newcomers to the blog, I travel twice a year to see relatives: one trip to Toronto,

What I Liked About October

Everything. The End! If you like a few grumbles, though, here they are: Very bad month for fitness – even worse than September. Skating has started up again and I haven’t had/made time to go to the rink yet. Was

What I Liked About October

Everything. The End! If you like a few grumbles, though, here they are: Very bad month for fitness – even worse than September. Skating has started up again and I haven’t had/made time to go to the rink yet. Was

12 Months of Celebration – Month 12 – December

There is no doubt I found fun things to do in every month of the year! I didn’t have elaborate vacations or a full slate of concerts every month, but I always found something to look forward to. One reason

12 Months of Celebration – Month 12 – December

There is no doubt I found fun things to do in every month of the year! I didn’t have elaborate vacations or a full slate of concerts every month, but I always found something to look forward to. One reason

Going and Coming Back

I travel about twice a year, and plan my trips around seeing relatives, or occasionally going to a work conference. I love going to other cities and seeing the sights, but I love coming back, too! The rest of the

Going and Coming Back

I travel about twice a year, and plan my trips around seeing relatives, or occasionally going to a work conference. I love going to other cities and seeing the sights, but I love coming back, too! The rest of the

London Calling

London is always calling; I just can’t answer it very often! Rom and I are on vacation to the UK this week. Rom is sadly very low on vacation time so we can only go from Wednesday to Wednesday, and

London Calling

London is always calling; I just can’t answer it very often! Rom and I are on vacation to the UK this week. Rom is sadly very low on vacation time so we can only go from Wednesday to Wednesday, and

Alternatives to Christmas

This is part 4 of a 3-part series. Oops! I am feeling like Douglas Adams. Final installment. Here are 20 ways you can opt out of Christmas and enjoy twelve months a year instead of one! 1. Give gifts whenever

Alternatives to Christmas

This is part 4 of a 3-part series. Oops! I am feeling like Douglas Adams. Final installment. Here are 20 ways you can opt out of Christmas and enjoy twelve months a year instead of one! 1. Give gifts whenever

No to Christmas

OK, I say yes to Christmas, but I will play the devil’s advocate here, and lay out a case for not having Christmas. Bear with me! Let’s say you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you’ve decided not to for the first

No to Christmas

OK, I say yes to Christmas, but I will play the devil’s advocate here, and lay out a case for not having Christmas. Bear with me! Let’s say you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you’ve decided not to for the first

How and Why I Celebrate Christmas

Despite my beliefs and my lifestyle changing dramatically over the years, I’ve never had a Christmas-free year. It is always there, tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Resistance is futile!” I’ve never spent December 25 in a culture that didn’t

How and Why I Celebrate Christmas

Despite my beliefs and my lifestyle changing dramatically over the years, I’ve never had a Christmas-free year. It is always there, tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Resistance is futile!” I’ve never spent December 25 in a culture that didn’t