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My Traveling Tradition: A Couple’s Christmas

A more local adventure: The Great Ocean Road, just a few hours drive from where I live

Every other year or so, my husband and I forgo presents and family gatherings in favor of traveling someplace new together and celebrating the holidays with just the two of us. Although it might seem paradoxical, I love how this practice balances the comfortable predictability of a tradition with the energizing excitement of the unknown. Since we live thousands of miles away from our nearest relatives, it makes the decision a bit easier when the cost of traveling to parents and siblings is often much greater than one of our couple’s adventures. To further reduce the holiday financial burden, we give each other homemade cards on Christmas morning instead of exchanging traditional gifts. My husband’s quite a cartoonist and he makes these wonderful drawings that celebrate the previous year, often reflecting the adventures (local and international) that we’ve had together. Continue Reading →

New Uses For Old Christmas Decorations

The Christmas season is now upon us in full force. I was reminded of this as I walked into a drugstore today and was saddened to see that the Halloween displays that I loved so much had been replaced by ornaments and Christmas lights. Not that I don’t love Christmas mind you, but I do wish that it could be a little less obvious until after Thanksgiving at least. However, the drugstore seemed a little more interesting this time. Continue Reading →