The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: December

December is a happy, sassy, magical time for Happy Boy and Sassy Girl. It starts with Advent. The first Sunday in December, Mom takes out the Advent wreath, decorated with pine boughs, purple berries, and golden apples and pears. Both Happy Boy and Sassy Girl are transfixed as the candles are lit—one the first week, … Read more

The American Search for Hygge

“Americans are so interested in hygge,” Mormor says, “but they will never understand it.” I first learned the word hygge while studying the Danish language on Duolingo. The pronunciation is a little bit tricky, but you can probably get away with saying “hooga.” The app translates it as “cozy.” I had a feeling that something was … Read more

Childhood Christmas Traditions

I love Christmas. It’s my second-favorite holiday. Even though our finances are tighter now than they have ever been before, I still enjoy the feeling the holiday brings. I’m entering a new phase now, too: the mother of a child who is excited about each new thing he learns about Christmas. From the Christmas lights … Read more