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The Answer to the Flensburg Files' Frage for the Forum: To wrap up the 2012 Tour of the Christmas Markets in Germany, and in particular Saxony-Anhalt, let's go back to the question I had left for t...
1/15/13 at 4:54 AM Christmas Market Tour 2012: Halle (Saale) 1/14/13 at 6:19 AM
Christmas Market Tour 2012: Quedlinburg 1/7/13 at 11:41 AM
How long do you keep a Christmas tree up?
Honestly, how long do you keep a Christmas tree up? When does it become creepy and odd? I honestly have no idea. I'm sure some people take it down a day or two after the big day. And I bet other...
1/8/13 at 5:33 PM Merry Christmas! 12/24/12 at 11:53 AM
Fallout from the bird: Next a squirrel? 4/10/12 at 1:20 PM
'Tis the Season for Christmas Pageants!
Merry Christmas! How handy that my favorite holiday lands on a Tuesday, my favorite day to post. I know that many of you are busy today, and this entire week (okay, month) but Im posting anyway beca...
12/25/12 at 11:01 AM Stockings: The Best Part of Christmas Morning! 12/18/12 at 8:18 PM
Rudolf the Smooth-Nosed Reindeer 12/11/12 at 11:40 AM
The Christmas Crock-Pot ... or not
It shouldnt have come as a surprise that Godson Reece grabbed the largest present in his stash to open up first during our family Christmas gathering on Sunday. The surprise for both of us came when ...
12/24/12 at 5:19 PM The many faces for Santa Claus 12/26/11 at 9:40 PM
The holiday house 12/18/11 at 9:40 PM
Dear Mason and Millie: Baking tradition continues
For many years, my mother, Dorthy Rickers (aka DotMom), wrote an annual column that was a Christmas letter to her granddaughters, Gretchen and Ingrid. In 2009, I started by own tradition by writing...
12/17/12 at 4:54 PM It’s not beginning to feel like Christmas 12/4/12 at 4:33 PM
A late letter 12/28/11 at 9:40 AM
Deck the halls
With the temperature dropping into the teens and snow finally on the ground, the weather has finally taken a turn for the better, in my opinion that is. As most of you probably know, I love winter in ...
12/10/12 at 12:07 AM
Beijing Means Business
Here's a picture book for your eyes and minds highlighting some illegal entrepreneurs, the business district of bustling Beijing and Walmart in China. Enjoy! A common sight in Chinese cities are the...
7/14/12 at 9:03 AM
Creepy Christmas Carols
I love Christmas carols, but some of them are downright creepy if you think about the lyrics a bit. I didn't really notice it much until a colleague commented that "Baby It's Cold Outside" may possib...
12/19/11 at 7:10 PM The Long Dark Christmas Carol of the Soul 12/7/11 at 7:00 AM
The Sith Who Stole Christmas 11/29/11 at 1:55 PM
Mocha Kissy Cookies require no kissing before eating
When you work with preschoolers as I did for many years during my career in early childhood education, you learn how to hold in your laughs. From the mouths of those sweet, innocent little children c...
12/4/11 at 10:27 PM Pecan-Topped Gingersnap Cookies 12/11/10 at 7:00 AM
German Springerle-Making Day 12/9/10 at 1:06 AM
Christmas trees pop up at Capitol
12/2/11 at 4:50 PM Minnesota's Jewish Santa organizes Senate gift exchange 11/20/11 at 6:57 PM
Frazzled for the holidays
I enjoy the holiday season as much as the next person, but guess what? It's always a relief when Jan. 2 rolls around and life returns to normal. Talk about irony: This is supposed to be a happy time ...
11/25/11 at 11:17 AM
1939: Cuddly, Cheery Santa
Now this is a cheerful, happy Santa!...
12/25/10 at 6:00 PM 1939: Santa to Visit by Airplane 12/24/10 at 11:00 AM
1939: We Wish You a Scary Christmas 12/22/10 at 6:00 PM