Christmas all wrapped up

Dear Sam,   What great Advent Calendar ideas you mentioned in your last post; I'm trying out the  reverse calendar, as there are lots of charities here that I know will be grateful for a parcel of food and essentials to give out over Christmas. Of course, the other thing we're busy with during Advent is…

Changing up Advent

Dear Claire,   I loved your post about little acts of kindness. I was reminded of our Season of Giving post a couple of years ago about a Trader Joe’s children’s advent calendar that suggested a kind deed for every day, with a little chocolate reward tucked behind each door. Advent is upon us again,…

Making plans for summer

Dear Sam,   Welcome home! Your enticing Postcard from Los Angeles has started me thinking about the holidays, so I think it's time to sign off for our summer break from our regular blog posts for a few weeks, until we're back on September 6th. In the meanwhile, there'll still be plenty for our readers on…