The thing about Valentine’s Day is, if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find love and kindred spirits among all sorts of people. Some of these people might offer you romantic love; others will give you a sustained and dedicated, familial love; still others will […]
It turns out I’m not terribly good at documenting Christmas festivities. At least not this year. I expect this is for one of two reasons:
- The still-present childhood delight of Christmas Eve — gathering with the family, eating too much sugar, opening presents — distracted me beyond measure.
- The inclination to unplug and just enjoy quality time with loved ones kept the camera mostly at my side instead of in front of my eyeballs.
- Or this sneaky extra one: A combo deal incorporating both of the aforementioned reasons.
For the first time in, I think we decided four years, all of my siblings were in the same place for Christmas. This meant four times the excitement, four times the glee, four times the sarcastic jokes. We have a number of traditions that we enjoy each year for our family Christmas celebrations and it was great to share them with the whole crew again.
Up first, we have Christmas Eve dinner at my dad’s house, on top of a mountain just off the interstate.
I believe in the power of letters. Sending them, receiving them, affixing them with kitschy postage stamps, and trekking along neighborhood sidewalks to drop them off in those metal blue boxes, always somehow arriving past the last pickup time of the day. This is a practice that […]
Once upon a time, there lived an evergreen tree. He grew up on a farm beside lots of friends of similar stature. They grew big and tall until one day a team of people with chainsaws came along and chopped the no-longer-so-little fellows down. For our friendly hero, […]