All Blog Posts Tagged 'philadelphia' (11)

Family Traditions: Fat Tuesday & Lent

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, officially the last day of gluttony before we Christians  traditionally opt for a more ascetic lifestyle during the season of Lent, a period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday symbolizing the forth days Christ spent fasting and in pray before starting his ministry. During lent, we typically sacrifice something… Continue

Added by Karla Gibbs on February 10, 2016 at 11:43am — No Comments

Family Christmas Traditions: Dickens Village

DickensVillage (cover)

I think everyone here is pretty much familiar with the 1843 story of The Christmas Carol: you know, the one about that old miser who hates everything, especially Christmas, until he is visited by four ghosts  (yes, there are four - everyone leaves out poor old Marley), who tell him if he doesn't change his ways he is pretty much going to die alone and miserable…


Added by Karla Gibbs on December 29, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Family Christmas Traditions - Washington's Crossing


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! After a long and super busy week full of birthday and Christmas celebrations, I finally had a moment to sit down, go through some photos, and jot down a few thoughts.

As you can tell, our little family is BIG on traditions. Even thought I come from a terribly dysfunctional family, we had quite a few of our own and…


Added by Karla Gibbs on December 28, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Philadelphia's Christmas Village


If you are the type of person that absolutely must personalize each and every Christmas gift for those on your list and are always up for supporting small business over the mega-monopolies, then… Continue

Added by Karla Gibbs on December 18, 2015 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Family Traditions: Macy's Christmas Light Show


Philadelphia may not be as decadent and elegant as New York when it comes to our Christmas celebrations, but we definitely have a few things that simply cannot be found elsewhere in the nation. One of these holiday traditions is the Macy's Christmas Lights Show.

When I was a kid, Macy's was actually John…


Added by Karla Gibbs on December 17, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Family Tradition: Comcast Holiday Light Show


Part of our Christmas Holiday traditions includes attending the light shows offered all over the city, both commercial and neighborhood run. There are few things more spectacular during the holiday season than elaborately decorated displays with beautifully strung lights, rich deep reds and greens, and the smell of pine emanating from fresh cut Christmas trees. And in addition to the highly publicized, world famous Wanamaker Light Show (now Macy's), which I will be discussing…


Added by Karla Gibbs on December 15, 2015 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Family Traditions: Thanksgiving Parade

For many the beginning of the Holiday season begins on Thanksgiving Day, however, for us, it *officially* begins on Thanksgiving parade, not the big New York parade or even the Thanksgiving Day parade here in Philly. Every year we take Eamon to get his first glimpse of Santa Claus at the Mayfair Thanksgiving Parade in northeast Philadelphia. There are dancers, Irish bands, the all-important Mummers appearances, and, of course, Santa. It's a simple parade full of…


Added by Karla Gibbs on November 25, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Grief Has Its Own Timetable

Dear Moms,

After the death of someone we love our grief experience and overall healing has everything to do with our relationship to the deceased, the intensity and depth of the love we felt for them and our degree of faith in a hereafter.  In the immediate aftermath of a person's death, it's hard to breathe and everything hurts. We feel shattered, bewildered and frightened. Sometimes, however, grief shows us its own timetable and can be delayed or complicated.  I experienced a long… Continue

Added by Mary Jane Hurley Brant on April 9, 2011 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Accepting Change Can Bring Moms Peace

In my younger days I was naive enough to think I could control change.  I’ve learned, but not quickly enough, that no one can control or stop change. And, here is an interesting little fact: Charles Darwin believed that those people who survive the ones who can adapt to ongoing change.  They are not necessarily the strongest or the smartest, but they are the survivors. That thought of survival brings me to today’s topic of change and how to understand it a little better.

First, that…


Added by Mary Jane Hurley Brant on March 15, 2011 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Philadelphia: Family Weekend Agenda for This Weekend

Friday, Oct. 17

Whispers along the Wissahickon

Not your average fall festival, Whispers along the Wissahickon fits in all the fun stuff but also manages to sneak in some environmental tips for the next generation. This jam-packed evening takes place at the Wissahickon Environmental Center and is perfect for a family-friendly Friday night!

• Time: 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

• Location: The Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA… Continue

Added by Janelle Tsai on October 16, 2008 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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