My son really wanted the Star Wars LEGO advent calendar this year. I caved because I'm a sucker for holiday stuff, but that meant I also needed a toy-based advent calendar for my daughter. I figured that would be easy because she loves Shopkins and Shopkins are the perfect size for an advent calendar! Surprisingly … Continue reading A super easy DIY Shopkins advent calendar
You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not shout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town. It's not just the kids. He sees their parents too. He knows all those things that moms sometimes do. Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you're yelling or staring at your phone. … Continue reading Santa Claus is Coming to Town: New Version Just for Moms!
Dear Santa, We've been naughty. We elected a woman-degrading, racist-appeasing, megalomaniac to be President of the United States. There are many reasons this happened some understandable, some vile. I wouldn't blame you for removing the United States from your Christmas Eve flight plan altogether this year, but just in case you decide we are worthy of … Continue reading A letter to Santa from Trump’s America
For the past two years I have adorned the doorway to our living room with 24 red and green envelopes. Inside each envelope was a slip of paper. Most listed a surprise activity: make cookies, visit Santa, make ornaments, decorate the Christmas tree, read a holiday story. A couple were just jokes (strategically placed on … Continue reading The Christmas tradition I’m giving up this year
I like to take my kids to ride CTA Holiday Train. It's an inexpensive bit of holiday entertainment. It's the sort of thing that makes me love living in Chicago. It is not the sort of outing that I thought would expose my kids to discussions about Santa not being real. Unfortunately, some people have … Continue reading Please, no Santa spoilers in front of my children