Stockings on the Staircase

by Anneke Bon Growing up in the eighties, my Christmas recollections are split into two separate memories. The first is a soft focus memory, featuring scenes from Saturday morning cartoon Christmas specials, energizer bunny promises of toys that will run forever and that damned my little pony castle I wanted so much but never got. … Continue reading Stockings on the Staircase

Around the Table, Around the World

By Siv Volden, Anita Rubino, John Martin, Pamela Capriotti Martin One of the greatest benefits of Facebook to our family has been connecting with family members, particularly overseas. Daughter Maille connected easily with her cousin Siv in Vinstra, Norway and her cousin, Anita in Naples, Italy about their family traditions in their homes and countries. … Continue reading Around the Table, Around the World

Yalda: Midwinter in Iran

by MK Martin There are one or two mentions of Pagan solstice festivals in the facebook feed these days. Midwinter is a 'trend', and did you know that Santa was really tripping on mushrooms? But one I've never heard of, until I went looking, is Yalda. I'll only give some brief details, as it's worth … Continue reading Yalda: Midwinter in Iran

Have a Holly, Jolly Meatball

by Pamela Capriotti Martin We’ve been blessed to have friends who love to cook as much as we do. Sally, Luke, and Sophie are great friends and Sally is a marvelous, creative cook and baker. And the cooks in our house, and the cooks in their house have a tendency to talk smack about whose … Continue reading Have a Holly, Jolly Meatball

Books to Celebrate

by MK Martin Have you ever read the Nutcracker? It's a stunning book, illustrated by Toller Cranston who, if you've never been into figure skating, was a prominent athlete in the sport. Do yourself a favor and search for him on Youtube. Preferably in his canary suit. There's also a lovely version illustrated by Maurice … Continue reading Books to Celebrate

The Odds and Ends

by C.E. Young I come from a family of makers, which isn’t surprising. I grew up poor. When you’re poor, making things is what you do. Year-round, if we couldn’t buy it we made it, but wintertime always had extra weight to it, likely because need is heightened. There were 6 kids in the family, … Continue reading The Odds and Ends

Have Yourself a Hygge Little Christmas

by Pamela Capriotti Martin Simple pleasures. Family, friends, graciousness; sharing and caring for others. The Danish word “hygge” has become part of our vocabulary recently, and this year, it was pretty much the guide I used as I bought my Christmas gifts. It isn’t about the expense. It isn’t about technology or hype. It’s about … Continue reading Have Yourself a Hygge Little Christmas

All I Want for Christmas is a Panforte

by Sally Kerr-Dineen Panforte is cross between nougat and fruitcake, a bread and a candy. I think this is one of the Christmassiest desserts ever. For me it's the aroma that wafts around the kitchen when it's baking. There's nothing to be intimidated by, it's not tricky to make just a bit sticky to make. The … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is a Panforte