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Questions Your Family Asked You This Christmas

Yesterday was Christmas, and per holiday tradition, my husband and I went to celebrate at my Irish Catholic grandmother's house. Naturally, it was a pretty big crowd, all packed into the leprechaun-sized bungalow that my dad and his siblings grew up in. And with that many family members, you're bound to get a few fabulous questions thrown your way. So, without further ado, here are the best of this year's Christmas Questions.

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12 Days of Christmas: Reading Wish List

On Sunday, I made a terrible mistake. At the time, I had no idea that it would affect me for the rest of the week, but it has. My mistake? I went to the grocery store. The result? I've had "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" stuck in my head for three days straight. But what's even worse is that my brain created a monstrous hybrid with "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts."

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A Recipe for Russian Tea and Writing

The change of seasons is always bittersweet -- especially around the first snowfall -- and for writers especially, it's nice to have a warm beverage that matches your mood! So, in honor of the first little snow flurry (and the death of my poor garden) I've decided to share my Mom's recipe for Russian Tea.