Wholly Family and the Christmas Pack-Away-Blues

Don’t quote me, but I think the idea to marry off our family Christmas tree ornaments came to me the year after I bought the stuffed, Jamaica market-woman ornament. That season after Epiphany, when all the college-aged have gone back, and the other young adults, returned to their various places of transitioning, to life away …

Fast-Forward to Advent

I was surprised, on Monday, to see a large decorated Christmas tree and wreaths decorating the medical facility where I took my mother last week to have her eyes checked. "It's not even Thanksgiving yet!" I complained. It felt somewhat like someone  had opened a gift too soon and was spoiling the surprise.Yet I must admit …