Christmas is Over… Now What?

Christmas is over and, for many people, the happiness associated with the season is gone. It’s easy to think that the happiness of Christmas comes from the excitement of parties, the thrill of new gifts, and the sensory excitement of lights, music, and entertainment. But, that’s only part of the equation. As it turns out,…

Your Loved Ones and the Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to gather with our loved ones, to make new memories, and renew past relationships. The holidays, and not just the end-of-year holidays, are what they are because we share them with those we love. For those who may be alone during the holidays, this may be a time when we become their…

Giving Sincere Holiday Gifts

I love the sound of the doorbell in December. Usually, it means that a friend or family member is stopping by with a season’s greeting. Often, they bring some small gift—a token of love and friendship. These gifts—cookies, hot cocoa, or a tree ornament—aren’t large or expensive. Still, they mean a lot because they are…

The Perfect Holiday Gift

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Go ahead, start singing. Why is this lovely song from Andy Williams so memorable?  I think it’s because the music and lyrics epitomize cheerfulness and gratitude. And this is the reason for the season: a time when we seek out companionship and celebrating with happy friends, family,…

Why Spoonful of Comfort for the Holidays?

Each year at Christmas, I try to read O. Henry’s short story The Gift of the Magi. The classic Christmas story tells of a young couple—Jim and Della—and their desires to give each other a Christmas gift. Struggling to make ends meet, each of the characters wonders how they can afford to a buy a meaningful Christmas…

A Cure For Winter Weather

The weather changed, so they all got colds. It happens every year, but never fails to take us completely by surprise. Luckily for us, they know the cure (well, at the very least, the remedy): chicken soup. Having a few great chicken soup recipes under your belt for cold and flu season will not only…

How to Prepare for Surgery

Your efforts to be well prepared for surgery can have a positive impact on your recovery and the overall experience. Develop a support group – Discuss the surgery with your family and friends.  Review the steps that will need to be in place before and after the procedure.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for…

Connecting With Loved Ones Who Are Far Away

How to resist the temptation to break the lines of communication? Many of my siblings have recently moved across country; and I miss them terribly. So the question I find myself asking is: How do I stay connected with family who live far away? Many families are still able to maintain long-distance relationships despite yearly…

7 Ways to Make Someone Happy

Chances are you have people you care about. Everyone does, right? And when those you care for are feeling down, you want to make them smile and feel better. That isn’t just being nice, it’s human nature. There are many ways to make someone happy, however, it all depends on their personality. For some, just…

Sibling Rivalry: The Battle to Stay in Touch

All families are different, and all families have their own trials and tribulations. But with a little effort you can make your family life the very best it can be. Some of the most important friendships and relationships we have in life are with our siblings. Your most important friendships should be with your own…