Advent 2020: Day 25 – Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas and Happy Friday! It\’s been \”a year!\” In addition to the widespread (palpable) angst over all things virus and political, my family has been through the wringer. In the midst of Babbo\’s cancer diagnosis (and subsequent remission), there was the stressful (and still ongoing) family member\’s divorce/custody battle, and many other \”troubles\”Continue reading “Advent 2020: Day 25 – Merry Christmas!”

Advent 2020: Day 24

  Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve! We\’re drawing to the end of our Advent journey together and it seemed fitting to include some beautiful music from The Piano Guys. They\’ve become a Christmas staple at my house ever since a fateful YouTube recommendation several years ago!   Today, check out a new release of \”WhatContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 24”

Advent 2020: Day 23

  Good morning! Harriet Monroe, born December 23, 1860, was a poet and the founder/editor of Poetry Magazine. Under her guidance, the magazine weathered the Great Depression and published the likes of T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandberg, Ezra Pound, and D.H. Lawrence.  I wanted to share a selection from a beautiful essay that Monroe wrote forContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 23”

Advent 2020: Day 22

  Good morning! If you had a chance to check out yesterday\’s crossword puzzle, you can see the answers here.  Apparently, in 2020 Santa Claus decided to take up comedy. Part of this is obviously a PSA because Santa wants some decent cookies and nothing gluten-free. Also, now we all know to watch for Applebee\’sContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 22”

Advent 2020: Day 21

  Good morning! Today is National Crossword Puzzle Day. As a lover of crosswords and ballet, I decided to try my hand at combining the two. Even if you\’re not a balletomane, you might know more than you realize or enjoy learning some new vocabulary! You can download a printable copy here. The key willContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 21”

Advent 2020: Day 20

  Good morning! Today is Go Caroling Day and the first thing that came to mind for me was a certain scene from Love Actually where the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) is coerced into caroling by three adorable little girls. The expression on his face is priceless when his driver starts singing, too! It makesContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 20”

Advent 2020: Day 19

  Good morning! Charles Dickens\’ A Christmas Carol was first published on this day in 1843. I probably don\’t even have to tell you what this Christmas classic is all about: Charity, love, and redemption.  My favorite part of the tale is the last chapter where Scrooge realizes that he still has time to makeContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 19”

Advent 2020: Day 18

  Good morning and Happy Bake Cookies Day! If you\’ve followed this blog for a little while, you\’ll know that my family enjoys an annual \”Cookie Baking Day\” to honor the memory of my grandmother who was a master of home baking. Sadly, this year it seemed like a better idea to forego the cookieContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 18”

Advent 2020: Day 17

  Good morning! The Christmas song \”Little Drummer Boy\” (originally known as \”Carol of the Drum\”) was written in 1941 by Katherine K. Davis. The teacher, composer, and pianist reportedly wrote the song while trying to take a nap.  Much credit is given to the Trapp Family Singers for launching the song into popular culture.Continue reading “Advent 2020: Day 17”

Advent 2020: Day 16

  Good morning! Ludwig von Beethoven was born this day in 1770. His Ninth Symphony is commonly known as the \”Ode to Joy\” because it serves as the music for Friedrich Schiller\’s poem of the same name. Historians say that Beethoven finished the symphony after he was almost completely deaf and never heard the audience\’s applause at theContinue reading “Advent 2020: Day 16”