“Find what you are good at,” Carrie Locklyn said, during a phone interview Feb. 7, advising aspiring designers while describing her role in the upcoming “re-launch” of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on HGTV.
“Only a child can bring the joy that you felt as a child at Christmas back to you, when you view it through their eyes,” writes Nicole Kohler. “That is the magic of Christmas. Fondly remembering Johanna Craig's second Christmas, 2011.” Kohler is Craig’s mother.
The plan for Christmas was for my brother, Wayne Nichols, his wife, Diane, and their 2.5-year-old son Kenny to come home to Erma from Rome, N.Y. and celebrate with us; us being our grandparents, Hazel and Clarence Nichols, and our mother, Anna Brennan and two other siblings, plus me.
Our front room was strictly off-limits for about 10 days before Christmas; the heat was turned off to the room, the door from the living room locked firmly (at least to the hands of a child) and the windows covered by newspapers with no "peeping" room whatsoever, but we all knew when Christmas made its presence known. Its fragrance engulfed the whole house.
It was a cold night Dec. 7, but that didn't deter well-wishers of all ages from lining Broadway to watch the 54th annual Christmas parade.