Were You A Christmas Control Girl?

With Christmas just behinds us, perhaps it’s a good time to consider whether we behaved like a Control Girl this year. For me, Christmas often brings out the worst. Every year, when I flip the calendar to December, I get caught up in making Christmas turn out...

Christmas Shopping: “One for you and one…”

I was shopping at Target, when a dad entered the store with his two kids, pushing a big red cart. The kids, who were very enthusiastic shoppers, darted over near me to look at some of the displays with bright-eyed expressions. You could tell that this dad had done a...

I Returned His Christmas Gift

(An updated repost from 2013).  I was a new wife. He was my new husband. And I returned his Christmas gift. It was a jewelry box–one of those big wooden ones–and he spent a fortune on it. But he encouraged me to take it back if I didn’t really like...

The Best Christmas Game!

Last week, I asked for your best classroom Christmas games, and promised to post my favorite. The one that I loved most was a blog post, entitled “Not So Silent Night“. (And I have to agree– this family party looked anything but quiet!) The author,...

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