Day 9: The Magic of Less ‘Holiday Magic’


Isabel Spooner-Harvey used to make latkes from scratch: grating the potatoes, wringing out their water, frying them over a hot stove.

The effort was gratifying. But then she had three children in three years, followed by a separation from her husband. For the stay-at-home mother in Madison, Wis., the need to make the holidays special — the gifts, the gatherings, the cards, the latkes — started to feel like a burden to shake off rather than a joy to bestow.

So this year, when Ms….



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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