Author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing.
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First, forget making resolutions. You can sit down and make out a list of all the things you think you should do. Chances are, you’re not going to achieve most of them and all these resolutions are going to do is make you feel guilty for not accomplishing them.
Instead, just do it!
My dear husband responded, “Your problem is that you didn’t wait until Christmas Eve to shop.”
His comment boggled my imagination. I could just see what kind of Christmas we’d have if I waited until Christmas Eve to begin.
Clarksville, TN – “Silent Night” is perhaps the best-loved Christmas carol of all time. In my humble opinion, somehow the simple words convey the mystery and simplicity of the real Christmas story better than any other hymn.
The original carol was entitled, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht; it was written in German at the request of an Austrian priest, Father Josef Mohr.
According to www.silentnight.web.za, “on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem he had written four years before and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass.”
Clarksville, TN -Suddenly on my computer screen there appeared the ghost of Christmases past. One of my eternal disasters in the kitchen had come back to haunt me…..
This all started last summer. Little did I know it would turn my holiday turkey into just one more kitchen disaster.
I had a 16-pound turkey in my freezer; it was just the right size for Christmas Eve dinner. Everything seemed to be going on schedule. The bird had thawed for a few days in the garage refrigerator and I was ready for the big cook in.
Clarksville, TN – Electronic gadgets are what all the kids want for Christmas this year. That’s a given. Beyond the computer games, X-Boxes, Kindles, etc., what’s going to help your child become more successful in school and in life.
Often parents forget the real reason children need toys—learning to be creative, sorting out relationships through play, and just plain having fun. Children need to have time to play without outside interference and sometimes without electronic gadgets that don’t necessarily allow for certain types of learning experiences.
If you are buying toys for your own children, nieces, nephews, children of friends, or for an Angel Tree child, consider some of the following.
Amazingly, some of the stores are trying to give you some sanely priced gifts that people—even you!—might want to receive.
I was in Lowe’s recently and saw near the Christmas trees three rows of gifts that were labeled “under $5.00,” “under $10.00,” and “under $25.00.” What a concept!
Here’s the first clue: be sure you have a high table or counter on which to complete this process. If you start wrapping on an area that’s too low, you are guaranteed to end up with a backache and that’s no fun.
Clarksville, TN – You have a few children in school, each of whom has one to six teachers. You want to do something nice to say thanks to each teacher, but you’re definitely on a limited budget. Here are some ideas that may help you out.
First, if you want a specific item, call ahead to see if it’s in the store. How many times have you read an ad that shows the exact item in which you are interested only to find out when you reach the shop that it is sold out? A phone call can prevent this problem.
Suppose you have trouble reaching anyone in the department where the item is located. Ask for the manager. If the manager is uncooperative, shop elsewhere. Usually the manager will get the answer you need; after all, that’s why this person who gives better service was promoted!
Clarksville, TN – We should give some serious thought to the process of giving and what it really means to show our love to others during Christmas time.
I suspect that if most of us tried to remember the best gifts we’ve ever received, we’d find that many of them didn’t necessarily cost a great deal of money. Instead they had a lovely share of thoughtfulness behind them.
One of the gifts I received that I’ll never forget was from a blind man who sat for several hours at his tape recorder and taped for me music he believed I’d enjoy and some of his own words about what my friendship for him had meant.
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