Topic: Christmas

When Your Child Asks If Santa Is Real, You Need To Tell Them The Truth

When Your Child Asks If Santa Is Real, You Need To Tell Them The Truth

I always told myself that once my kids were old enough to form the question and verbalize their doubts about Santa, that I would come clean. I really don’t like lying to my kids even if it is “for a good cause” so I figured that while they were little enough to buy into the magic without much embellishment from me, I would let them believe. I decided that once they started asking in an intelligent and thoughtful way whether or not Santa was real, I would be honest. Well, that day is here- and it’s breaking my heart. More »

Cheatsgiving: 8 Ways To Survive A Family Holiday Where Everyone Hates You

Cheatsgiving: 8 Ways To Survive A Family Holiday Where Everyone Hates You

Getting married or being in a serious relationship can have a major drawback known as The In-Laws. Some people are very fortunate and have wonderful in-laws that they are able to have a loving relationship with. Holidays are split evenly between families and everyone is happy. Others are not so lucky and have a contentious vibe going on with the family of their significant other. More »

Decorating The Christmas Tree With Kids Is A Nightmare I Dread Every Year

Decorating The Christmas Tree With Kids Is A Nightmare I Dread Every Year

Before I had children, I would daydream about the fun things I would do with them around the holidays. One of those daydreams centered around a fun, family day spent picking out a Christmas tree, bringing it home and eating take-out together before we decorate it. We do all of that every year and I always start out with such Norman Rockwell-esque hopes but then, we take out my precious ornaments and all hell breaks loose. More »

Kirk Cameron Tells Moms The Lord Wants Them In The Kitchen

Kirk Cameron Tells Moms The Lord Wants Them In The Kitchen

Kirk Cameron‘s caption on his video message to moms read, “I made this video for you, to remind you of how irreplaceable you are to your family this Christmas.” Really? Because it sounds like his version of a mom could be replaced by hiring a servant for a few hours to pretend to be happy about dusting the mantel, sewing a costume for the Christmas pageant at church, and roasting some godforsaken chestnuts over an open fire. More »

I’m Already Listening To Christmas Music, Go Ahead And Judge Me

I'm Already Listening To Christmas Music, Go Ahead And Judge Me

As I type this, “Christmas Time Is Here” is blasting out of my laptop’s overworked speakers. It is November 6, and today in Los Angeles it will be 86 degrees. We’re still eating Halloween candy out of a plastic pumpkin crowding our kitchen counter, and our Thanksgiving plans are in limbo in an email chain somewhere. And yet in my heart it is already Christmas time, and IDGAF if you think that’s weird. More »

I CAN’T WAIT For Elf On The Shelf, Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-Laaaaaa

I CAN'T WAIT For Elf On The Shelf, Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-Laaaaaa

I didn’t have a ton of holiday traditions growing up. Having a less than perfect childhood makes me a sucker for anything trendy when it comes to the holidays. So even though most parents seem to enjoy the Elf on the Shelf only when making him perform unspeakable acts or just loathe him outright, I have several reasons why I am jingle bell-ing myself with excitement over starting the the Elf On A Shelf tradition with my kids this year. More »