blog

Ho Ho Ho, here we go!

Ho Ho Ho, here we go!

I’m done with the buying, almost done with the wrapping, 2 days away from doing the baking with my daughter, and 3 days from our annual Christmas Eve get together!  Whew. Yes, I’m tired….but happy and looking forward to the festivities! Tomorrow, I’m taking Pilates and getting my hair cut. I had lost a bit […]

Continue Reading »

Christmas in Sweden with St Lucy

Filed in Adventures!, Holiday Adventures! by on December 19, 2014 10 Comments
Christmas in Sweden with St Lucy

Sweden, indeed all of Scandinavia, has fascinating traditions for celebrating Christmas. Many of their celebrations date back to pre-Christian pagan festivals. The darkness of the Scandinavian winter was the impetus for the Pagan festivals and traditions of light bringing.  December 13, in the Julian calendar (this does not hold for the current Gregorian calendar), was the Winter […]

Continue Reading »

Fab Photos Friday: Culinary Delights in Cozumel, Mexico

Fab Photos Friday: Culinary Delights in Cozumel, Mexico

Fabulous food should be part of everyone’s vacation. Good food cannot be confused with fantastic food. In Cozumel, the restaurant to go to is La Cocay.  La Cocay means “dragonfly” in the Mayan language, but it’s food is distinctly Mediterranean. Here is some good news:  they have enlarged their menu! I confess that La Cocay is […]

Continue Reading »

The Italian Christmas Witch, La Befana!

Filed in Holiday Adventures!, Important Stuff!, Travel by on December 17, 2014 22 Comments
The Italian Christmas Witch, La Befana!

Yes. The gift giver in Italy is a woman. La Befana flies on her broomstick on the Eve of the Epiphany, January 5, to leave candy, or charcoal, in children’s stockings!  In Italy, children hang stockings on the Eve of the Epiphany, the celebration of the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ child. The legend of why […]

Continue Reading »

Midlife Christmas Conundrum

Filed in Holiday Adventures!, Midlife Journeys, Travel by on December 15, 2014 12 Comments
Midlife Christmas Conundrum

I love the holidays! Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, you name it, I love it. Following in the family tradition of Big Christmas, I have created a “Holiday Home”. I don’t put up a tree and a few decorations, I practically redecorate my house for the holidays, and we all enjoy it, especially me!  Nothing makes me happier […]

Continue Reading »

Christmas Customs in France! Allons-y!!!!!

Christmas Customs in France! Allons-y!!!!!

While American children are hanging stockings for Santa to fill, French children are putting their shoes by the fire so Pere Noel (Papa Noel) will fill them with gifts. If children are bad in the US they are told Santa will leave coal in their stockings, but in France, a child on the naughty list might […]

Continue Reading »

Travel into the past: The Christmas Tree

Travel into the past: The Christmas Tree

In America the Christmas Tree is everywhere. You don’t have to be Christian to know about the Christmas tree, during the season, they are in every mall and shopping center in the country, and every city square. The vast majority of us grew up with Christmas trees in our homes, and decorating it was always […]

Continue Reading »

My Top 5 Christmas Destinations

My Top 5 Christmas Destinations

Except for one year, I have spent every Christmas with family, at a home. I really would not have it any other way…but I can dream of visiting other locales at Christmas time.  Imagine Christmas in Europe, or  Christmas in New York City!  I have never even seen Rockefeller Center at Christmas time! Isn’t that a quintessential Christmas sight? […]

Continue Reading »

San Francisco – A walking food tour of North Beach & Chinatown

San Francisco – A walking food tour of North Beach & Chinatown

Another food tour adventure? Why yes! Thank you! Just recently I took a fantastic tour by Chris Milano’s Foodie Adventures in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Mission, Latin Food Tour was so delicious and I loved it so much that on my next trip there I just had to take the North Beach and Chinatown Tour!  It is no surprise that once […]

Continue Reading »

Fab Photos Friday: A Book of Christmas

Fab Photos Friday: A Book of Christmas

I love making movies, books, working on photos….and I especially love making my family memory books.  This year, I will be making a book for my children (they probably don’t read this so I think I am safe) about our Christmas ornaments. It occurred to me that I am the only one with the knowledge […]

Continue Reading »