A Lighter Christmas

It turns out, a good Christmas was really very simple.


Christmas this year was just right. I don’t say that very often. I’m world-class at setting up high expectations and then crashing into misery when they are not met. Ask me how often my high expectations are met… Continue reading “A Lighter Christmas”

Light on the Longest Night

Any celebration about light is right up my alley. Although it’s the day with the shortest amount of sunlight, I’m still going to celebrate the light!

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I love the Winter Solstice!

OK, I didn’t use to love the Winter Solstice. I used to hate it because it was the day with the shortest amount of light. And you know how I love the light. Continue reading “Light on the Longest Night”

Birthday Cakes

One of the things that I am learning through this process, is that being able to use my creativity is something that really lights me up. A blank canvas… or cake… with a wide-open “what-if?” is one of the ways that I find light.

DJ Cake 2017

I know that one person’s light can be another person’s dark. What lights one person up is not always the same thing for another person. Part of my journey has been identifying those things that truly light me up.

Birthday cakes are one of those things. Continue reading “Birthday Cakes”

Wise Gifts

Buying gifts has become a huge (and sometimes heavy?) part of the celebration of Christmas. But is there a way to make this festive tradition a light-filled one as well? Here are my thoughts this year.

It started with the Wise Men. Well, sort of. When early Christian leaders made the decision to make the celebration of Christmas on December 25th, it was done to replace some of the “pagan” holidays that were already being celebrated. Gift giving was already a part of Saturnalia, a celebration by the Romans. So the Christians took the idea and tied it to the fact that the wise men who visited the baby Jesus brought gifts. Continue reading “Wise Gifts”

Lighting the Tree

How fun is it to combine two traditions into one? For the past 17 years my travel souvenirs have made an annual appearance on our Christmas tree.


When it’s officially time to decorate for Christmas (not until after Thanksgiving, thank you very much), I can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree! We have an artificial tree. Yes, that means we have to store it in our garage, but I’d rather do that than cut down a live tree every year. Our tree is an old friend by now. But what makes it even more magical, are the ornaments. Continue reading “Lighting the Tree”


Give Thanksgiving it’s fair share of celebrating! It’s a beautiful time to stop and take stock of all that we are blessed with. 

The best way I’ve found to make holidays lighter, is to be very deliberate about how we celebrate them. Choosing only those activities that lift us up and passing on those that drag us into holiday frenzy! Continue reading “Grateful”

Light Up Halloween

I don’t do the dark and creepy side of Halloween! For me it’s a bright and fun celebration. I only need 3 things to make my Halloween a light night!


Holidays are wonderful! It’s a chance to do something out of the ordinary and together with the family.

But they can get heavy. Too many activities, too much less-than-nourishing food, too many expectations, too much stress! Continue reading “Light Up Halloween”