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29 Dec 2016
the family puzzle |sophie-world.com

My sister Freda is a huge fan of The Onion, a satirical online news source.  Often she will share some of the funnier headlines - like this one on Christmas morning:

“Relatives Gather From Across the Country to Stare into Screens Together."  We all had a good chuckle about this as we looked up from our iPads, computers, and phones.

resolution books | sophie-world.com

As New Year’s Eve approaches, I find myself turning the same resolutions over and over in my mind - lose weight, get in shape, take one day off a week, spring clean my home, spend more time with my family, meditate, learn to control my temper...the list goes on and on. It’s always pretty much the same list.  

22 Dec 2016
christmas in NYC | sophie-world.com

This year, our team had the pleasure of returning to New York City for a second season with Brooks Brothers at their Annual Holiday Party benefitting St. Jude’s Children's Hospital.  The event itself went off without a hitch (unlike last year’s cookie fiasco). However, if anyone knows a good wholesale baker in New York, please send them our way!

The crazy thing about Chanukah (other than the numerous ways you can spell it) is you never know when it’s going to begin. It can start as early as the end of November or as late as the end of December.  This year it just so happens that Chanukah and Christmas collide!  That’s right, the first day of Chanukah 2016 is Christmas Day!

Every holiday season my sister makes gift baskets.  It is one of the sweetest things she, or anyone, can do.  Although to her it's no big deal, the thought that goes into the items she chooses and the way they are arranged makes for a beautiful and heartwarming gift. I know for a fact that the recipients, which include not only friends and family, but all those who have been generous and kind throughout the year (the garbage man, our auto repair man, the mailman) feel very special receiving these handmade gifts.