12 Days of Giveaways: Day 12: Suzanne Woods Fisher

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The Humble Cranberry There’s a beautiful wooden cranberry rake by my fireplace that I use to hold magazines, but my dad had used, as a boy growing up on Cape Cod, to harvest red cranberries from his childhood farm each fall. My dad would get a chuckle out of how “sexy” cranberries are today. They’ve been identified as a superfood, …

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Like Two Trees in a Pod You never knew what might happen on our annual hunt for the family Christmas tree. I look around at all the beautifully manicured Christmas trees grown on farms near Birmingham, where I live—and the perfectly shaped, pre-lit artificial ones at Walmart and Hobby Lobby—and I think to myself: Where’s the challenge in that? When …

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 8: Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Celebrating Old Christmas I love me some Christmas traditions! When I was a child, Christmas included decorating sugar cookies, singing lots of carols in the car, cutting a live tree and then watching Dad wrangle tangled lights, hanging our stockings above the fireplace, and Christmas Day with the cousins. And in retrospect, ALL of that was better than anything Santa …

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 7: Bethany Turner

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Slim Christmas “Christmas is going to be slim this year…” If I heard that once throughout my childhood, I heard it, well…each and every year of my childhood. My family has never been independently wealthy, by any stretch of the imagination, and finances were often pretty tight. I didn’t really understand that at the time, of course. Life was pretty …

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 6: Lisa Harris

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Traditions from the Other Side of the World I’ve always loved family traditions, and in particular, traditions surrounding Christmas. When I think of the holiday, I imagine snow falling, lit up trees in the living room with beautiful decorations and perfectly wrapped presents underneath, and Bing Crosby playing in the background. Except our Christmases have rarely looked like that. We …