Family traditions are critical part of holidays

This year, I decided to keep my Christmas holiday decorating to a minimum.

The main reason is that, with a new kitten in the house who is experiencing her first Christmas with us, I knew what to expect. So, when I went out to our shed where I have at least four tubs of decorations, I just brought in the lights and ornaments for the tree and a few long-time, durable pieces that would help make the house a bit festive.

The ornaments that I chose for the tree were carefully selected. The extremely . . .