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Friday, December 9, 2011





Tips and tricks to make the season bright

home for the Holidays

By Michele Bates

me to deal with the sugar load My life has changed a lot this aftermath. Many of the little things I used past year. I sadly lost both of my to dread I now sorely miss and parents: one to illness and one to cherish in an odd, reflective way. an accident. I have come to realize that It’s left me wondering this continuing at least a few of holiday season where my my family’s “traditions” this “home” is. Christmas is exceptionally It will be the first year the important to me. family has not gathered at my Because of this, my siblings parents’ home for the holidays. and I have gathered together and It’s the first year we will not reflected on the more enjoyable have to painfully watch the family customs and found a way hourlong re-enactment of the to continue with those. Book of Luke with the grandInstead of meeting at my daughters arguing over who gets parents’ home, we are each to be Mary and who is relegated taking a turn to host an event and to one of the many shepherds. Skyping in the siblings who are It’s the first year my mom has unable to be there in person. not brought over a literal tub of We have kept the events like candy, hugged the kids, and left

Marni Kleinman

making gingerbread houses and the white elephant gift exchange, our kids looked forward to and we loved the most. We are getting to know each other even better and realizing that “home” is truly where the heart is. All six of us and our children are missing my parents a great deal, but we are becoming truly grateful for the opportunity to continue the tradition that matters the most: that of being together as a family. As a tribute to Mom, here are directions for one of Grandma Marci favorite things to do for the holiday:

Kris Kleinman puts together a gingerbread house in memory of his mother-in-law. Keeping family traditions alive is a great way to celebrate family during the holidays.

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Individually wrapped candy Hot glue gun

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Tips and tricks to make the season bright.


Tips and tricks to make the season bright.