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From the Momfilter Archives  Last summer I found this family stocking in a junk shop in Maine. From what I can deduce by looking at both sides, the family listed each year who was at Christmas, and the address. In 1951 they had Aunt Alice, Uncle Bill, Daddy, Mother, Marjorie, and Brad. This continued until […]


From the Momfilter Archives  My kids love baking Christmas cookies with me. Correction: they think they do. In fact, many traditional Christmas cookies involve dough that needs to be chilled, cut, chilled again before baking. Then there’s the waiting for the cookies to cool before they can do what they really want to do which […]


From the Momfilter Archives  We are crazy about a town that takes Christmas–and it’s children’s Santa wishes–seriously. This mailbox, which is set up on a main street in Long Island, New York, is something my kids look forward to every year. It seems like such a simple thing to do. I only wish there were […]

xmas coffee cake

Every year our friend Stephen makes this Christmas Coffee Cake from the Silver Palate Cookbook for the holidays, and it has to be the best coffee cake I’ve had. Here’s the recipe: Adapted from Lukins and Rosso, “The Silver Palate” 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 […]

pg advent cal

This is a real last-minute answer to the advent calendar (in fact, this year we are just doing a 12-day because we are so late). My kids made and decorated a pouch out of paper that holds two treats (one for each kid).  They made two compartments by stapling down the middle and we use […]

holiday binder

Despite my chips-stealing incident (posted on Momfilter last week), I feel like I’ve gained a little more mastery of my holiday season due to one simple tool:  my Holiday Binder.  My Binder Full of Christmas, if you will. It’s a 3-ring binder full of folders and page protectors into which I stuff my son’s Christmas […]


Visiting Santa Claus is one of those memories from childhood that never lost any of its magical glow; even as I learned the truth about that fabled man who flew with reindeers. Every year on one lucky December day, my mom would allow my two sisters and me to miss school for our trip to […]


We never get tired of looking at these letters to Santa…and actually, we love looking at other kids’ even more than at our own. One favorite list we heard of this year was a 7 year old’s that had only two things on it: silly putty and blocks of soap to learn how to carve. […]

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