Why Are Santalands Becoming Extinct?


Why are Santalands becoming extinct? As a kid, the highlight of the Christmas season was venturing to downtown Indianapolis to visit the Santaland at L.S. Ayres department store. My mother meticulously dressed us up, literally from head to toe.  I still have the dents in my head from sleeping in rollers to attain those Shirley Temple-like curls. … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Eve Encounter With Dave’s Mom


One of the best holiday traditions on television has been the wildly popular “Guess Mom’s Pies” segment on the Late Show with David Letterman.  The bit simply involved Letterman trying to guess what pies his mother Dorothy cooked for Thanksgiving dinner.  Dorothy was filmed from her kitchen in Indiana or she phoned into the show with the … Continue reading

The Holiday Advent (As In Advent-ure) Posts: Day 15 – The White Elephant Party


Fa, la, la, la la…Christmas time is here again. The hustle and the bustle of wracking your brain trying to think of gifts to give loved ones who don’t really need anything. Gorging on seasonal cookies and sweets until you have to pull your fat jeans out again. Crafting that better-than-Hallmark Christmas card that showcases your “perfect” family (that … Continue reading

The Holiday Advent (As In Advent-ure) Posts: Day 9 – Trios, The Best Christmas Cookie Ever


Every holiday season I struggle over which Christmas cookies to make. My grandmother had a petit four stand filled with dozens of varieties of cookies sitting out on her countertop throughout the holiday season.  I can’t imagine how long it must have taken her to bake all those cookies.  She obviously didn’t have Ruffmary Clooney counter surfing and eating … Continue reading