Children's Holiday Treat: It's Perry's Christmas Adventure!

Cub Reporter Perry Bear EwerLooking for holiday fun for youngsters (and the young at heart)? Follow cub reporter Perry Bear on the trail of his special Santa, with Perry's Christmas Adventure!

A series of letters written by a traveling teddy bear, Perry's Christmas Adventure will post a new episode every day from December 15 through Christmas Day.

Follow Perry as he learns about Santa, makes a list, and travels to New York City to find his special Santa. Will the Ewer bear family have a visit from Santa Claus?

Perry's Christmas Adventure

Memories of Young Motherhood: Turkey Toodles and the Calico Cornucopia

Turkey Toodles

You have to give it to social networking: it can bring the most amazing and far-flung people back into your life!

The past couple of weeks, I've had the delight of regaining contact with my children's aunt Suzanne. Back in the day (total '70's: Earth shoes, disco and breastfeeding-as-radical-act), we were young mothers together. Married to a pair of brothers, we shared those years of early marriage and dishrag soup--but when divorce struck us both a few years later, we lost touch.

Hello, Facebook! We've had a glorious time, catching up on the trajectories of each other's lives. She's discovered that I'm an author, I've discovered that she's an artist, and we've brought each other up-to-date on the progress of our respective children and grand-children.

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Now on Newstands: Editor Cynthia Ewer in Woman's Day!

Woman's Day

Ready to read more about saving money on holiday gifts? Catch our editor Cynthia Ewer's quotes in the current issue of Womans' Day!

Interviewed as part of the issue's No-Stress Holiday Guide, Cynthia shares ideas to simplify gift-buying and avoid late-night wrapping frenzy--and don't miss tips from other media sources to help simplify, organize and celebrate the holiday season.

This week, while you're waiting at the supermarket checkstand, turn to pages 73-74 and check out our very own Organized Christmas editor and author of the Christmas Countdown!

Christmas Countdown Poll: When Did You Join?

Boo! In Which I Surprise My Neighbors

Make no mistake: I love holiday traditions.

To wit, I love them so much that if it weren't for the fact that I've lived in my current neighborhood for 13 years--and my neighbors know me well--I'd be considered a suspicious person, and need the intervention of law enforcement.

What's the problem? My newest neighbors haven't yet found their Halloween BOO basket yet!

What else would have a 54-year-old grandmother making multiple, unprecedented trips to the corner to see whether or not the BOO basket had been claimed?

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Decor Storage Solution: Holidays on Wheels!

There comes a time--and for me, it's at age 54--when your heart's desires and your body's demands come into conflict. To wit: I have a great love of decorating for seasonal holidays ... but I live in a three story house and my baby-boomer knees have begun to rebel at the seasonal tramp up and down stairs.

Solution: holidays on wheels!

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Christmas in July Poll: When Do You Start Planning For Christmas?

The Day After: "Start? I never stop planning for Christmas!"
17% (212 votes)
All Year Round: "I'm not nutso about it, but I work on Christmas throughout the year."
19% (241 votes)
In The Summertime: "When summer comes, I know the holidays won't be far behind."
19% (240 votes)
Back to School: "Once the kids go back to school, it's time to think about the coming season."
17% (223 votes)
Falling Leaves: "Autumn festivals and cooler weather get me in the mood for holiday planning'"
12% (158 votes)
Halloween Haunting: "Once we've had Halloween, I buckle down and get ready."
5% (65 votes)
Thanksgiving Purist: "I refuse to give in to seasonal creep. I celebrate Thanksgiving first. Really."
6% (83 votes)
December Dawn: "When the carols start playing in December, that's soon enough."
4% (53 votes)
December 24th: "I hit the mall and the market the day before (and yes, I'm probably a guy)."
0% (5 votes)
Total votes: 1280

Memorial Day: A Marine Mom Speaks

Marine Mom

On September 14, 2001, I sat down at my desk with a heavy heart. My task: to write the month's lead article for the newsletter I published at that time at OrganizedHome.Com.

But just three days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, it was impossible to think about cleaning closets or decluttering the pantry.

I started to write, anyway--and this piece was the result, two hours later. It was the cry of my heart as the mother of a United States Marine, a son who had been called to alert in response to the attacks on our country.

A reader suggested I share it here, on this day, to remind us all that Memorial Day has a meaning beyond the barbeques and the beach.

Here it is, right down to the old-style format of our site on that day. Enjoy--and remember:

My Child, My Home, My Country: A Marine Mom Speaks

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