Christmas

Christmas, Special Needs, and Surviving Gatherings

It’s the Christmas season again. Time to get out the decorations, visit with family and prepare for tantrums, stripping naked, and for asking to go home as soon as we…

Unwrap The Nativity

Each year around this time we lovingly unwrap the nativity set that my mother made for our family a decade ago. Each fired piece of clay is simply painted with…

Room for One More

“Mrs. DesCarpentrie, do you have room for one more?” It’s a question I have been asked several times from a Department of Children & Family Services caseworker, scrambling to find…

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him!

I love this time of year and everything about it! The tree, decorations, and parties! If you were here in person, I’d fix you hot chocolate and your choice of…

3 Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season

December can be a busy, frantic season full of last-minute shopping, parties, baking, gift-wrapping, recitals, and get-togethers. While these things can all be memorable and special, it’s important that we…

Ditching the Holiday Diva

Some people look forward to the holidays. Some dread it. Some can’t remember what day it is in general. As a mom of two—one “neuro-typical” and one with autism—a cancer…

Looking Forward to the Long Car Ride … Amazingly Enough!

For the holidays every year we have very specific traditions in our family. For Thanksgiving we load up the kids into our minivan and drive 14 hours to Michigan, where…

Celebrating Extravagantly

I’ve spent a lot of time down in my basement recently in an attempt to get rid of stuff.  I have a lot of stuff.  I have a lot of…

Tim Tebow’s Christmas Lesson

I’ve never heard Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow talk about Christmas. But a few weeks back, as I was watching the controversy he sometimes attracts, I realized there was a…

Simple or Sparkle?

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal and it looks quite out of place on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst…

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