Finding the Christmas Spirit

I’ve been talking with a lot of friends about their feelings regarding the holidays. Many of them are suffering from a lot of stress right now and are having a hard time feeling the Christmas spirit. I know people who have lost their jobs just before Christmas, had injury or diseases befall their family, or had accidents. It seems that December is just a bad time, year after year. How do we manage to feel the Christmas spirit with all that turmoil? After thinking about it for a while, I’ve come up with a theory. I think December is the … Continue reading

Christmas Cheerio

Well, it’s one year since I began blogging on Mental Health here at Families. Where has the year gone? 2006 has certainly been a speedy, fast-paced year with its share of happiness and heartache alike. I have certainly enjoyed my stint here writing on what is one of my passions in life: mental health. We’ve covered many areas in the blog to date: depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and the raft of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia to name a few. We’ve also looked at developmental disorders such as Autism and Asperger’s Disorder. But … Continue reading

Christmas Quotes to cheer you

Struggling to get into the true Christmas spirit because you’re so caught up in gift-buying, food organizing, and pouring oil on troubled family water? Take a moment to read through some of the heart-warming quotes and witty below and rekindle the true meaning of Christmas. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. W.T.Ellis Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year. P.J. O’Rourke I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all … Continue reading

Capture the Holiday Magic

It took nearly six years for me to capture a photo of my daughter with Santa. I can’t remember a time when my daughter wasn’t deathly afraid of the holly, jolly, chubby guy.  She’s not a fan of skinny men with facial hair either, but I digress. My daughter’s exceptional fear of Mr. Claus made it impossible for me to snap a picture of the two of them together, so when it finally happened, I crafted a double page scrapbook layout commemorating the event. Two pages for a single trip to see a mall Santa may seem like overkill to … Continue reading

Clint Eastwood’s Big Speech

I didn’t watch the Republican National Convention. It’s okay I guess because I won’t watch the Democratic National Convention either. I just don’t care that much for politics. But, my cousin texted me this morning to see what I thought of Clint Eastwood’s speech last night. I told him I hadn’t heard it and he said I needed to check it out on CNN. So, I did. I wasn’t sure what I thought. Well, yes I was. It seemed like a Bob Newhart skit. Little did I know how accurate that was. Later I learned that Bob Newhart tweeted “I … Continue reading

The Fourth Wise Man – retold by Susan Summers

Many of us are familiar with “The Fourth Wise Man” as written by Henry Van Dyke. This version is in picture book format and is perfect for younger readers and listeners. Once upon a time in the mountains of Persia lived a man named Arbatan who loved to study nature, especially the stars. He had three friends – Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, and together they studied the writings that said a new star would appear to herald the way to the newborn King. They saw such a star in the sky one night and decided to make the journey to … Continue reading