Creating Low-Stress Holiday Traditions With Sarah Powers: The Home Hour Episode 14

kitchen hour podcast episode 14

In this episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast, I kicked back with my good friend and Managing Editor of, Sarah Powers, to discuss holiday traditions. Are traditions something  you have to “create” or do they just happen? How can you give kids the chance to do traditional holiday activities like sitting on Santa’s lap without stressing yourself out (or scaring the lights out of them?) And just what is up with the Elf on the Shelf suddenly being the new parental obligation?

I had so much fun talking with Sarah during this episode! I hope you’ll enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed chatting. To hear the podcast, just click the “play” button at the bottom of the post, or you can subscribe in iTunes

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Here are links to some of the things Sarah and I discussed during the podcast:

Santa and Allegra

  • Sarah and I spent a couple of minutes trying to work out the origins of the Elf on The Shelf, which I believed had originated as a practice in Southern homes until its relatively recent commercial boom. I was a little hazy on the details, but this article about Carol Aebersold, the creator of the “Elf on the Shelf” phenomenon as we know it today, indicates that her parents may have originated the tradition in their East Tennessee home in the 1970s. So I guess, in a way, I was right!
  • We also talked about our favorite holiday tunes. Sarah mentioned two newer albums you might want to check out: Elvis Presley Christmas Duets and The Lower Lights: Come Let Us Adore Him.
  • During the intro I mentioned our post about toys that stand the test of time. 

Want to find out more about Sarah? You can read all of her posts at The Happiest Home here, read her personal blog Powers of Mine, or follow her on Twitter.

Psst – my youngest son Owen also makes a cameo appearance in this week’s episode! Listen through the end to find out more about his favorite parts of the holiday season.

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