Instead of giving wrapped gifts, why not plant a tree?

We had a wonderful Christmas at our house. Lovely wife and I were fortunate enough to have both of our daughters and their husbands and their children (and one of the grandson’s bride-to-be) with us. After an inspiring Christmas Eve service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church we adjourned to our home. The tree (artificial, of…

Rituals make family time rich

When I think back over my life, I am reminded of the small rituals that made and continue to make life worthwhile. For me, those are rituals of food and family that create a rich and caring home, offering a secure and nurturing embrace to our children and others we love. Read More: Rituals make…

Summer is Here

I always loved June. It meant the children were out of school. Most mothers liked September best but I loved it when the kids were home. Sure some days I was grumpy but I always needed them by my side. As they got older we began taking our trailer camping much of the summer. Laughs, swimming,…

22 Leprechaun-Approved St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day — and all its pot o’ gold, leprechaun and rainbow antics — is coming! That means everyone should be getting their (green) party pants ready. If you’re in charge of throwing the big bash this year, there’s no need to scramble the day before to make the party pretty, perfect and green and gold all…

Family makes it their mission to donate blood

For decades, members of this special family have been helping the Portland community by donating blood in January, a time of year when the need for blood is great. The beginnings of this family tradition can be traced to the 1970s. Sam Weiss, the family patriarch, recalled, “My father came to my sister and I,…

Mardi Gras’ famous traditions continue

Mardi Gras is just around the corner beginning on Feb. 9 and it is almost time to start preparing for the frivolous festivities. Source: Mardi Gras’ famous traditions continue – The Reflector: Life

New Year Traditions

Have each family member write down and then share one of their regrets from the past year. Then throw the regrets into the fireplace to symbolize a fresh start.

Family Photo Ornaments

We have framed photo ornaments for each member of our family. When we decorate the tree those are the first ornaments that go on the tree and we call out who it is and tell stories we remember about Christmases past.

Christmas Decorations

With Christmas around the corner, it is time to start decorating! Turn decorating from a chore to a memory by making it into a family tradition that includes everyone.