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Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 21, 2016

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

Not Your Average Holiday Movie… “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

December 19, 2016

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In the mood for some Christmas entertainment that isn’t all gooey-saccharine-sweet?  How about a Christmas horror movie? If you don’t mind subtitles and can take it as the silly comedy-horror show that it is, check out the Finnish movie, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale.  You don’t want this Santa coming down your chimney. There are […]

Joan Larsen’s Sleigh Full of Holiday Ideas: Turning Your Selection of Christmas Gifts into Lifelong Memories

December 14, 2016

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by Joan Larsen   Aren’t the feelings of warmth, of joy and laughter .  .  . but, most of all, of love – what the holidays truly are supposed to be?  Shouldn’t the element of togetherness be forefront in this season?  I think we are all nodding yes.  I am sure you are. But instead, […]

Joan Larsen Thinks Outside the Christmas Box: New Ways to Make the Holidays Last Year-Round

November 30, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   All right. . . I am going to be honest with you this Christmas season. I have been an inveterate gift giver all my life, almost racing – as the days get close to the holidays – to fulfill the dreams of all my friends and family. I am sure you […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 21, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A True and Inspiring Holiday Tale to Remember – Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 16, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Ready, Set, Snow! – The Old World Charms of Quebec City

December 9, 2015

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By Joan Larsen We’re dreaming of a white Christmas. Streets banked with that glistening white stuff, beautifully highlighted by festive holiday decorations, quaint little markets for that one-of-a-kind gift shopping that will make you the most remembered Santa on earth. Quebec exudes Old World charm, yet it is enticingly close to home. You are going […]

Joan Larsen, Out and About: Lighting Up the Holidays at the Biltmore Mansion

December 2, 2015

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by Joan Larsen To me, there is nothing like the feeling of a much loved family gathering filled with love – with so many hugs and so much joy – each and every Christmas. My spirits have lifted for the celebration. But I don’t want to spend the remaining days of the season stretched out […]

The Obliteration of Thanksgiving, and Halloween is Next

November 23, 2015

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As we head into Thanksgiving week… everyone take a deep breath. Fall and winter used to have a certain stately holiday pace to them: first came Halloween, with its witches and goblins, skeletons and black cats.  The venerable pumpkin and the reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn rolled smoothly into Thanksgiving.  There used to be […]

Joan Larsen Thinks Outside the Christmas Box: New Ways to Make the Holidays Last Year-Round

November 18, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   All right. . . I am going to be honest with you this Christmas season. I have been an inveterate gift giver all my life, almost racing – as the days get close to the holidays – to fulfill the dreams of all my friends and family. I am sure you […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 24, 2014

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Lauriate Roly: L’Arbre de Noel – The Bigger, the… Cheaper?

December 12, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly I couldn’t believe the sleek, spotless, black stretch limo coming into my driveway.  Only because it surprised me;  but I knew in an instant that Cheryl from Brussels, the “Belgium Bombshell”  was back in town. She had business to do in Montreal and needed to see me first,  so naturally, since I […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A True and Inspiring Holiday Tale to Remember – Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 10, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 25, 2013

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 18, 2013

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Bringing Happiness by Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 11, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Merry Christmas to All

December 25, 2012

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Everyone – Many thanks to you for visiting my blog and reading and commenting on the content here, and special thanks to those who have made such fantastic contributions to the site – things I could never have written myself – Joan Larsen, Mike Firesmith, Luanne Keifer, Jeannot Kensinger, and Lauriate Roly.  May everyone enjoy […]

NORAD Tracking Santa Today!

December 24, 2012

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Happy Christmas Eve to all, and if you’re concerned about Santa’s schedule, NORAD can help you out! NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), a joint US-Canadian organization, has a lot of experience in this activity:  they’ve been tracking Santa’s sleigh since 1955, when a typo in an ad for children to phone Santa directly […]

Christmas Eve 1944: Gent, Belgium

December 21, 2012

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By Jeannot Kensinger I am 12, Mother is 34. She is recovering from a major surgery and a husband who has left her for another woman just a few months ago. We are finally liberated; we in the north welcomed the allies in September.  In the Southern part, in the gorgeous mountains, hills and forest […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 19, 2012

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By Joan Larsen These are my happiest times, my dream of dreams – the greatest gift that I could be given.  The Antarctic summer days are warm and mostly sunny.  .  . and a Christmas spent here remains forever in the heart. The known world has vanished and floats somewhere beyond the horizon.  Icelets thicken […]

L’Arbre de Noel: The Bigger, the… Cheaper?

December 18, 2012

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By Lauriate Roly We didn’t always have much money but I know we always had a Christmas tree. The years when cash was scarce, my mother would wait until Christmas Eve to shop for one because at that late date, she could always create a bargain for one of the trees that were left rejected […]

Lila’s Movie Review: “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

December 14, 2012

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In the mood for some Christmas entertainment that isn’t all gooey-saccharine-sweet?  How about a Christmas horror movie? If you don’t mind subtitles and can take it as the silly comedy-horror show that it is, check out the Finnish movie, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale.  You don’t want this Santa coming down your chimney. There are […]

Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 13, 2012

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

The Story of Kensinger Studios’ “Father Christmas” Dolls

December 10, 2012

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By Jeannot Kensinger Eons ago, I was selling handmade Father Christmas figures in the style of the old German ones from the late 1800’s. The artist was Norma de Camp. She is still very busy and by now very well known. I loved them in my shop and sold them on consignment. Norma became more […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Bringing Happiness by Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

November 28, 2012

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

The Obliteration of Thanksgiving, and Halloween is Next

November 20, 2012

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Fall and winter used to have a certain stately holiday pace to them: first came Halloween, with its witches and goblins, skeletons and black cats.  The venerable pumpkin and the reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn rolled smoothly into Thanksgiving.  There used to be actual Thanksgiving decorations: turkeys, pilgrims, Indians, cornucopias.  People gave the holiday […]