The Bottle Cap Code

My very first week in Budapest was a hot one. I ran into a small store with my new friend Laurie and bought us two bottles of water. After walking outside, I opened my bottle, and the water exploded all … Continue reading

Steam: All I Want For Christmas

I thought I knew how to do Christmas: decorate some cookies, write a few cards, sing along with Bing Crosby, hold back tears when nearly all of Bedford Falls packs into Jimmy Stewart’s house at the end of It’s a … Continue reading

The Candy Shop

When I was in kindergarten, all I wanted to do was spend my time in the little play store in the corner of the classroom. I’d load the plastic food into brown paper bags for my classmates, take their play … Continue reading

Silver and Gold

When I was a kid, every December I waited anxiously for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to come on TV. My family had a black and white Zenith. So, I had to take Santa’s word for it when Rudolph’s nose turned … Continue reading

The Wrapping Paper

Of all my Christmas memories, there is one that stands out among the rest. It happened in Budapest several years ago. The Boy Scouts from my school were going to throw a Christmas party at a local orphanage. I’d help … Continue reading