Merrifield Garden Center’s Ladies Night Out

November 19, 2015

This is one of my favorite events of the holiday season, and it’s free! Visit one of three Merrifield Garden Center locations (I’ll be at the one in Merrifield) for a fun evening of beautiful Christmas tree displays, shopping, music, appetizers, and wine tasting tonight from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Don’t forget your camera!

For more information, visit Merrifield Garden Center online


Cool Yule Cinema: Jack Benny Goes Christmas Shopping

December 17, 2014

I’ve listened to Jack Benny radio programs for years, but I never knew he had a TV show! It’s very similar in format to the radio program. A fascinating glimpse into the past.


Spread a little Yuletide Cheer

December 11, 2014
Mom making her purchases at The Christmas Mouse

Mom making her purchases at The Christmas Mouse

There’s this thing I do now during the holidays that I learned from my mom. I guarantee it will really make you feel Christmas-y.

Buy some small treat — you know like a Russell Stover mini box of chocolates, or a Godiva Bar. You don’t have to spend more than a couple of dollars, if that. And it doesn’t have to be candy — it can be like a $5 gift card for McDonalds or Starbucks or something. Even a candy cane or an extra Christmas card would do.

Just keep ’em stashed in your purse, or on you.

Then when you go out this time of year, like say to a restaurant, you leave that token along with the tip for the waiter. Or if you are Christmas shopping, you give it to the person who rings you up, even at the grocery store. At the drive-thru. For your pharmacist. For your bus driver.

Anywhere where people are nice to you or you think they could use a lift. The more random and anonymous, the more fun it seems to be.  You know, like your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing.

By the way, if you have kids, this is something you want your kids to “catch” you doing from time to time. Generosity is learned and modeling is the best way to do it. And what better way to be generous, in any way you can, than during the holidays?

This isn’t to replace the conventional tipping you would do during the holidays, like for your barber or hairdresser, dog walker, babysitter, etc. This is a little extra you give to people who would not expect it.

Let me tell you: people act like you gave them a million dollars! You want see a tired person grin, just try it.

They’re so surprised and pleased, and they really appreciate it — all you have to do is give it to him or her with a quick and warm thank you, and of course, Merry Christmas. Strangers have hugged me!

It is so much fun and it will make you feel like Santa Claus!

Cool Yule Cinema: A Christmas Carol

December 10, 2014

There are so many versions of A Christmas Carol but Alastair Sim comes across as an ultimately credible, pitiless miser.

Cool Yule Cinema: Holiday in Handcuffs

December 3, 2014

You know what the true spirit of the holidays is? Awkward family gatherings.

I love this whack-a-doodle 2007 flick. Enjoy!

Come back next Wednesday for another Cool Yule Cinema classic.

Cool Yule Cinema: Ernest Saves Christmas

December 3, 2014

Home Alone. I’ve never seen it, and I never will watch it. No. Not ever. But Ernest Saves Christmas is another matter.  Enjoy!

Cool Yule Cinema: 2nd Day of Christmas

November 26, 2014

I started watching this and thought: whaaat? Larceny is not very Christmas-y!

And then I got hooked. Mark Ruffalo is really funny in this.

I think you will enjoy this rather untypical Christmas movie.

Come back next Wednesday for another great Cool Yule classic!

Thanksgiving E-Cards

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving E-Cards — not just for email! You can post them on your Facebook Page and Tweet them, too!  Some of these are free to send.

Don’t forget to send one to your favorite holiday blogger, hint hint 🙂

Check out the Thanksgiving greeting offerings from

Here’s one from me to you:

Christmas Movies and Shows on TV: 2014 Schedule

November 19, 2014

Break out the popcorn…holiday television season is here!

Thanks to Den of Geek for creating this indispensable list of upcoming holiday specials.  With this list, you’ll never need to worry about missing out on all the fun programming in November and December.

Thanksgiving-themed programs start tonight — check it out.

Christmas Movies and Shows on TV: 2014 Schedule.

Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Tree

November 19, 2014

Hallmark came up with this easy but amazing craft for friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. You know what I think this would be great for, though? For school. I think this would be a terrific class project for kids.

Here are the instructions to download.


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