Always Until Now: Thoughts on My First Christmas Away From My Family

It's the day after Christmas.  This was the first Christmas I've ever spent with my husband, and the first I've ever not spent with my parents and siblings.  It was weird and nice all at the same time. I missed my own family more than I expected to.  I'm comfortable in routines, and Christopher and I have …

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Southern Food and Christmas Plays: A Holiday Memoir

My family are holiday travelers.  Thanksgiving and Christmas have always meant packing suitcases and spending 3 or 4 or 6 hours in the car.  Out of the 16ish years my brain allows me to recall, I can remember one Thanksgiving spent at my own house -- all other holidays are spent at grandparents', or whichever …

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