Christmas Socks

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Growing up, my aunt had this tradition of giving us clothes for Christmas. We knew which presents were hers--those telltale lightweight rectangular boxes! The worst was getting socks. I mean, did we really need socks every year? But nowadays, I like having fresh, fuzzy socks to wear. And it looks like I'm not alone. Seniors also like having toasty feet. In fact, there's a nonprofit called Socks for Seniors. (Check them out and … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Treats

*Special Winter Edition* I've participated in annual Christmas cookie exchanges before, but never online. Thanks to an invitation from Patience Brewster, an artist who makes handmade ornaments and gifts, I'm involved in an exciting virtual cookie exchange. Through the Internet, I can connect with other foodies and find lovely holiday recipes. In the past, I've baked tangy lemon bars or sculpted popcorn balls to bring to parties. This year, though, I'm lazy. If you're swamped like me, here … [Read more...]

A Twist on Traditions

"A tree has its roots, a stream its source." -Chinese proverb Everything has origins. We love family traditions because they're a source of comfort, rituals that have been passed down from one generation to the next. I'm here to offer a twist on some annual traditions: Instead of hot cocoa this year, try teh tarik (milk tea): Looking for a quick way to wrap presents? What about a take-out box? One year, I found this and other beautiful designs at Target: Get a free calendar for next … [Read more...]