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Flashback Friday — Everyone loves a parade

It’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day, which means the Greenwich (CT) St. Patrick’s Day parade can’t be too far off. For us, it’s as much a harbinger of spring as the first crocus blossoms. Basil and I started going when we were dating and continued the tradition after Catherine came along, standing on Greenwich Avenue in … Continue reading

Going out on a limb for Christmas

Trimming the tree is therapeutic this year. It’s taking a long time — our crazy schedule means decorating piecemeal, and there’s a hidden blessing in that: There’s more time for reflection than in years past when the tree was dressed in the time it took “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a couple of Bing Crosby CDs to finish … Continue reading

It takes a lot of dough to say ‘I Love You’

The great Christmas Cookie Bakeoff got underway Sunday. Though a mere shadow of its former self, it’s a massive undertaking — my holiday gift to family and friends, a little something sweet with which to end the year. The cookies are a gift passed down from my mother and grandmother, who together baked thousands of … Continue reading

A step-by-step guide to celebrating the holidays

We’ve got little rituals we follow all year, but holiday time is fairly steeped in traditions. I don’t know about you, but starting the third week in November, there’s practically a checklist I run down. Some of these activities are rooted in childhood, others are the result of our efforts to forge uniquely Basil-Terri-Catherine rituals. And … Continue reading