franklyStein editors blog

FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband and four children.

cardWhen Santa came to our house last night, he found this card waiting for him on the coffee table next to the tree. Jonah put it out for him. It's a thank you note for all the toys he hoped he was getting. He even taped a candy cane inside.

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ChristmasTraditionWWhen I think back to the holidays when I was a kid, I can remember a few of the gifts I received (the Chrisy doll with growing hair, the three-foot sawdust stuffed Curious George and the five speed Schwinn) but mostly I remember how we celebrated.

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Christmas is approaching like a Maglev train this year, and I'm feeling totally unprepared.

It was a nearly a week into December when I finally had a chance to pull out the Advent wreath, and I'm still down a few purple candles. Shopping has been haphazard at best, and I've barely started the decorating.

The gifts I have purchased have been the result of late night shopping online. I've been madly surfing the web trying to find what everyone wants, as well as the perfect gift for those who don't know what they want. Somehow, it's been more exhausting than hours of wandering the mall. The thing is, I like the mall. I like Christmas music, decorations and harried shoppers. I especially like the hunt. But there's something about hunting for gifts hunched over a computer that feels a little Bob Cratchity.

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Thanksgiving weekend was our first sports-free weekend since August so we packed in several months worth of family activities. Read on for a little snapshott glance at our "weekend off."

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