Christmas Tree Magic

cutting down the Chrismas tree

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of getting a Christmas tree. The funny thing is even thought I am approximately eight and twelve years older than my sisters, I don’t really remember getting a tree before they were born. Kids make Christmas fun! We always cut our own trees. There was ALWAYS snow, so {… Continue Reading …}

I’m dreaming of Christmas cookies

My mother is a baker. Every year, in her small Georgia kitchen, she spends countless hours making several kinds of Christmas cookies that she treks to us in Upstate NY. Sugar cookies cut into at least a dozen Christmas shapes. Chocolate gingerbread cookies. Chocolate crackles. Thumbprints, both with and without almonds. “Fart blossoms” – peanut {… Continue Reading …}

Stream of conciousness Sunday: Christmas peace

It’s been a while since I actually wrote anything, let alone wrote anything with any substance. I guess it’s the season of busy. And also not being able to get out of my own way. The last three weeks have been hell on my brain. I’m fillied with worry and upset. Trying to see the {… Continue Reading …}

I choose Santa


Do you believe? Close your eyes for a minute, and imagine yourself on a magical Christmas morning. It could be anytime – childhood, adulthood, whatever. Now let’s say this together. I believe. I believe. I believe. Now how do you feel? Magical? Nostalgic? Warm and fuzzy in your belly? Do you – like me – {… Continue Reading …}

When did Macy’s buy Justin Bieber?

I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. I’m not going to tell you that I didn’t enjoy the Justin Bieber Black Friday ad during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I did, and I laughed. Every one of the one hundred times they played it. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. {… Continue Reading …}

December is upon us…

December goals

And so is the cray-cray holiday rush to buy everything we can, make ourselves crazy, and totally not enjoy time with our loved ones. In my attempt (let’s hope not totally futile) to relax and enjoy some time off, or, at least a little break, which I SORELY need, I thought I would plan it {… Continue Reading …}

If I had a totally commercial Christmas (and any money)

the Laine List Christmas

I would buy myself these things:

Let’s talk Christmas food!

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My parents are coming from home for Christmas, and I love to cook for them! First night here – a big meal after a long day on the road – pork loin, homemade applesauce, potato pancakes, roasted root vegetables. Pizza!! We have an annual family cookie decorating party and we order pizza. Yum! On the {… Continue Reading …}

Holiday traditions part 1

Elf on a Shelf

This week on our podcast, Kate and Laine’s Ultimate Podcast, we are gearing up for the holidays and discussing our favorites, like shopping, food, music, etc. In preparation for recording the podcast, I thought it might be nice to outline some of my holiday favorites. So here we go: Favorite place to shop – local, {… Continue Reading …}