The 10 Commandments of Christmas Morning

If your house is anything like ours, Christmas morning is a frenzied wrap-ripping, package-destroying, gift card-losing free-for-all. Without so much as a breath or momentary pause for pictures, my kids tear through the underbelly of the Christmas tree as though winner takes all. And every year it rubs me the wrong way. It’s not that […]

How to Make Frenemies and Alienate Parents: The Christmas Edition

They say it’s better to give than it is to receive, and I’m pretty sure the “they” who said that were parents. They were parents who were tired of their children receiving toys without volume controls. Parents who were frustrated by toys that swallowed entire family rooms whole. And parents who wondered how a single […]

7 Reasons My Husband and I Don’t Exchange Christmas Gifts

As much as any of us enjoy giving carefully selected Christmas gifts that convey all the love and warmth we feel in our hearts this holiday season, the one person I no longer exchange Christmas gifts with is my husband. While it might seem strange to deliberately overlook the one person who means so much, […]