Category Archives: Christmas

Blue year’s day: A resolution revolution

(“Bain’s Beat” reprinted from the November-December 2016 issue of Midtown Magazine.) If you ask me, the holidays come at the wrong time of year. And we can’t even describe that time correctly. When are “the holidays?” For many, this phrase … Continue reading

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The ghosts of Christmas presents

With eight kids, 11 grandkids, and an ever-fluctuating number of in-laws, my parents were on the hook for a lot of gifts over the years. I still remember the enormous piles of Christmas presents “under” the tree each year. This … Continue reading

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Carol ears

Christmas is a little tougher and a little sadder this year following the loss of my mother two months ago, but I’m also enjoying some nostalgia I’ve recently uncovered. This was unequivocally her time of year, and that meant it was our time … Continue reading

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The moppet show

Today when we took the boys out for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, I experienced a spark of genuine Christmas magic. I had just gotten my umpteenth buffet refill and was heading back to the table when I had to stop … Continue reading

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The seven-year gift

Said good-bye to an old friend last Thursday night, a steadfast and loyal friend I’ve had available to lift my spirits every holiday season for the past eight of them. It was the annual Christmas Pageant at my sons’ school. … Continue reading

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You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel

You struck during last year’s holiday season. This year, you probably don’t even remember me. But I will remember you forever. Maybe that’s too dramatic, in light of what you did. No one here was physically harmed. In fact, there … Continue reading

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Christmas in the key of me

Kim says we’re too old to have another baby, but she seems happy with the one she got for Christmas. She’s even saying I gave it to her, but that’s not exactly true. Still, I’m happy to take the credit … Continue reading

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