Advent Calendar 2011 – Christmas Stockings

Filled with excitement, we ran to the living room.  “Santa came!  Santa came!” we shouted. Grandma stepped in from her post in the kitchen.  “You can open your stockings until everyone else gets up,” she told my sister and I, as she did every...

Advent Calendar 2011 – Grab Bag: Cousins at Christmas

Today, like every Christmas that I can remember, I had dinner with my cousins.  Last year we decided that we would get together the Saturday before Christmas since I live farther away now.  I have three cousins on my maternal side and two of them have two children, a...

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