21 Dec 2017

We Wish For Love and Crayons

We Wish For Love and Crayons

Christmas is familiar.  The baby crying in the stable cold, angels heralding, twinkle lights, snow and laughter and cookies baking, tiny velvet dresses and boxes shaken with glee, glittery oats flung on the lawn and stockings and carols.  There’s a joy and comfort in doing the same things in the same way every year. And […]

15 Dec 2017

All Aboard the Polar Express!

All Aboard the Polar Express!

You’re snuggled deep in your bed, the soft ticking of your clock the only sound.  When the train pulls up in front of your house with a hiss of steam and screeching brakes, at first you think it must be a dream.  But then the booming voice of the Conductor calls your name, and invites […]

29 Nov 2017

The Pfister’s Tree Lighting, Where Santa was Both Magical and Responsible

The Pfister’s Tree Lighting, Where Santa was Both Magical and Responsible

I’d expected the Pfister tree lighting to be a popular event, but was completely unprepared for the throngs of people. So many families crowded the lobby, excited to officially greet the Christmas season. Everyone was eagerly awaiting two things: the arrival of Santa, and his countdown to the lighting of that giant, beautiful tree, this […]

23 Nov 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Pfister’s Table to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Pfister’s Table to Yours

For the last six years, since I married a man who breathes gratitude as naturally as air, I’ve been intentionally working on being more thankful. To be truly thankful requires many of the same skills  necessary to be a writer, after all.  Pause. Observe both the subtle, fleeting things around you and the obvious, steady […]

6 Dec 2016

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA | December 3, 2016 | What Do You Want From Santa? (Adult Version)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA | December 3, 2016 | What Do You Want From Santa? (Adult Version)

Breakfast With Santa, December 3, 2016 On the day after Thanksgiving, the Pfister Christmas tree was lit and Santa arrived to the applause of adults, the squeals of children, and the caroling of madrigals in the packed lobby.  But Santa didn’t return to the North Pole right away.  Instead, for the next three Saturdays, Mr. […]

31 Dec 2015

Deconstructing Gingerbread Town

Deconstructing Gingerbread Town

In the final moments of 2015 as the holiday season wraps up, treatment I ask you this question…how much do you really know about Gingerbread Town? Gingerbread Town (that’s the name I alone have given it, of course) is the impressively sugar stacked collection of chalets and free standing dwellings that has been on prominent […]