Four-legged family members

Our hamster died 2 weeks ago today. His name was Toughey. The kids haven’t realised that THEIR rodent pal has died yet. I’m not sure how I feel about that actually… On the day that Toughey left us, my husband had the grand plan to not tell the kids because…

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19 Days to Christmas

Until 3 years ago, we  didn’t have a front wall at our house. It was quite refreshing actually, especially during the Christmas holidays when the Carolers come around and sing at our front door while we are settling down to have dinner. Here are some song words to my favourite Christmas…

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What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

Okay, this is the superficial kind of gifting list.  You’ve worked hard this year to make sure that those closest to you have enough money to buy you the kind of gift you would like to receive. Have you started leaving those advertising brochures and magazines open in strategic ways…

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What does a faithless Christmas look like?

I’ve always been curious about how the faithless approach Christmas and the December holidays in general. Is Christmas not a rather confusing time for atheists? I mean, not being invited to a Christmas party because if you don’t believe then it doesn’t exist? Do their children not get presents as…

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People who inspire me: Kim Feinberg

I was introduced to Kim Feinberg about 6 years ago when the corporate I worked for had sponsored one of the 94.7 Highveld Christmas Wishlist wishes. If I recall correctly, it was Simon Parkinson from Primedia that got me into a meeting with Kim and The Tomorrow Trust. We had…

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20 Days to Christmas

It’s time to write letters to Santa today. As a parent I will always endeavour to use the opportunity as some sort of moral lesson for the kids but inevitably they will jump straight to the wishlist bit… I then ‘post’ the letters for them but I actually keep them…

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When the meaning of Christmas changes

I found this blogpost and thought it very much in line with the How Christmas is Celebrated series on my own site. While we are specifically talking about how different religions celebrate the holidays here on my blog, this story reminds us of the basic human condition – peace of…

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Her family will have a home for Christmas

This story, now campaign, really touched my heart. Given the 16 Days of Activism period we are now in, this is a very real and relevant example of how abuse destroys lives – long before death is even an option. The deadline for the appeal was last night but, again,…

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21 Days to Christmas

I’m not quite sure exactly what we’ll be making today but it’s likely to be one or two of the following: Christmas crackers made from old toilet roll tubes, gift wrap and florist ribbon Cardboard loop decorations to hang on the walls Lanterns made from cardboard and cellophane Salt dough…

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What does a Jewish-German Christmas look like?

Last week I posted Christmas with a capital C which is how I sum up my approach to this religious event. In the article I wondered how other people regard and enjoy the overall December holiday period. My husband is not religious. I don’t think he’s an Atheist but committing…

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