IllinoisTimes - Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-99-1-holiday.html Mon, 05 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Star-studded books you need on your shelf - Give these literary gifts with extra star-power this holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-17984-star-studded-books-you-need-on-your-shelf.html Star-studded books you need on your shelf - Give these literary gifts with extra star-power this holiday season
From reality stars to Internet sensations, the celebrity-penned book is a must-have this year. No matter what the genre, you’ll have everything you need for the celebrity-lover on your list.The Girl...]]>
Go big and go home - Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17987-go-big-and-go-home.html Go big and go home - Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy.
 First there was the smartphone; now there is the smart house. More and more household appliances are going high-tech every year, bringing fresh efficiency and ease of use to the table. These fut...]]>
The best gift ideas of the season - Here’s something special for everyone on your list, including you! http://illinoistimes.com/article-17990-the-best-gift-ideas-of-the-season.html The best gift ideas of the season - Here’s something special for everyone on your list, including you!
 Holiday gifts these days are a little more involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping...]]>
How to host an epic holiday bash - Don’t throw the same old celebration again this year. Instead, go bold with one of these ideas to liven up any festive party http://illinoistimes.com/article-17945-how-to-host-an-epic-holiday-bash.html How to host an epic holiday bash - Don’t throw the same old celebration again this year. Instead, go bold with one of these ideas to liven up any festive party
 Social calendars are packed during the holidays, and this year your party is going to be the event of the season. A clever theme is just the thing to help your party stand out. Christmas in July...]]>
Serve a big meal for not much - Super couponing expert Jill Cataldo shares her top tips to save big on your next holiday celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-17946-serve-a-big-meal-for-not-much.html Serve a big meal for not much - Super couponing expert Jill Cataldo shares her top tips to save big on your next holiday celebration
 The holiday season is nearly upon us again, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love the way our home smells when pies are baking, turkey is roasting or fresh-baked cookies are co...]]>
A not-so-disposable party - Parties create a lot of memories … and trash. Here are tips to reduce waste. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17947-a-not-so-disposable-party.html A not-so-disposable party - Parties create a lot of memories … and trash. Here are tips to reduce waste.
Holidays may be the perfect time for a little indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you have to create a bunch of waste.Here are tips for making your holiday party a little greener this season:1. Send e...]]>
Don’t ever change, pumpkin pie! - Food is steeped in the expectations of tradition. Here’s why Thanksgiving is the most iconic food moment of the year http://illinoistimes.com/article-17948-don%25E2%2580%2599t-ever-change-pumpkin-pie_.html Don’t ever change, pumpkin pie! - Food is steeped in the expectations of tradition. Here’s why Thanksgiving is the most iconic food moment of the year
 Although most family holidays have an ingrained tradition, Thanksgiving takes the pie (pumpkin, of course) for being the one least likely to change. Even as families grow and the holiday hosting...]]>
Three cheers to a happy holiday http://illinoistimes.com/article-17917-three-cheers-to-a-happy-holiday.html Three cheers to a happy holiday
 No dinner party or celebration is complete without a seasonal beverage. A unique mixed drink allows hosts to put their personal stamp on the affair without having to stock a full bar, which also...]]>
Decorate yourself - Tips to make your own Ugly Christmas Sweater  http://illinoistimes.com/article-17918-decorate-yourself.html Decorate yourself - Tips to make your own Ugly Christmas Sweater 
It’s the holiday get-together that everyone remembers and loves to participate in – the Ugly Christmas Sweater party. “The holiday season can be very stressful and at these parties adults can be...]]>
Set electronic boundaries at holiday celebrations http://illinoistimes.com/article-17919-set-electronic-boundaries-at-holiday-celebrations.html Set electronic boundaries at holiday celebrations
 Just about everyone has had that moment when they gave up trying to communicate with someone engrossed in a smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. There’s not much gratification in tal...]]>
The tick-tock of Grandma’s clock - A Christmas memoir http://illinoistimes.com/article-16581-the-tick-tock-of-grandma%25E2%2580%2599s-clock.html The tick-tock of Grandma’s clock - A Christmas memoir
 We lived in the country during the 1930s when I was a kid. We would do about the same thing every day, all summer long. Brother Jack and I would run to the front yard when we heard a car approac...]]>
Chicago’s art museums add joy to the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-16510-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-art-museums-add-joy-to-the-holidays.html Chicago’s art museums add joy to the holidays
 A wassailing bowl and a Yule log greet visitors in the Great English Hall, while mistletoe and garlands on the staircase decorate the Virginia Entrance Hall just steps away. Nearby, the Chinese...]]>
Recipe rehab for the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-16478-recipe-rehab-for-the-holidays.html Recipe rehab for the holidays
 Food is as much a part of holiday celebrations and festivities as being with family and friends. For many, the holiday season comes with the challenge of trying to make healthier choices when ma...]]>
Tree hacks - Make the star of the show shine a bit brighter during the holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-16479-tree-hacks.html Tree hacks - Make the star of the show shine a bit brighter during the holiday season
 Part of the allure of holiday decorating is being able to bring the outdoors inside. But when transforming your house into a winter wonderland, you may notice that a real tree may not live up to...]]>
All about the watch - The timepiece is a timeless holiday gift they’ll always cherish. http://illinoistimes.com/article-16480-all-about-the-watch.html All about the watch - The timepiece is a timeless holiday gift they’ll always cherish.
 With the time of day listed everywhere from smartphone displays to laptops to our car dashboards, the need for a watch to tell time isn’t as pressing as it was even just a few years ago. Inste...]]>
Festive in a flash - Shake up your holiday decorating routine with these six easy do-it-yourself ideas http://illinoistimes.com/article-16481-festive-in-a-flash.html Festive in a flash - Shake up your holiday decorating routine with these six easy do-it-yourself ideas
 Decorating for the holidays is meant to help usher in the excitement and joy of the coming season. After years of the same routine, however, it can feel like you’re just going through the moti...]]>
Kids’ toys - As retailers start to move to non-gendered signage for their aisles, it’s good to simply remember that toys will be toys http://illinoistimes.com/article-16456-kids%25E2%2580%2599-toys.html Kids’ toys - As retailers start to move to non-gendered signage for their aisles, it’s good to simply remember that toys will be toys
 This holiday season your local Target is sure to be decked out in red and green, but not so much in pink and blue.Over the last few months, so shoppers don’t “feel frustrated or limited by t...]]>
You’re in ’luck - ’Tis the season for potlucks! http://illinoistimes.com/article-16382-you%25E2%2580%2599re-in-%25E2%2580%2599luck.html You’re in ’luck - ’Tis the season for potlucks!
 Get your casserole dishes ready! The holidays are almost here, which means potlucks are sure to be soon filling up your calendar.Potlucks are a popular choice for the season because they allow e...]]>
Mr. Lincoln goes to the movies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15410-mr-lincoln-goes-to-the-movies.html Mr. Lincoln goes to the movies
 Historian Richard Wightman Fox, contributor to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s blog and author of the recently published book Lincoln’s Body (W.W. Norton, 2015), made a...]]>
What to expect when they’re expecting a certain something - Sometimes their most-desired gift just isn’t available. Here’s how to let them down while keeping the holiday joy. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14837-what-to-expect-when-they%25E2%2580%2599re-expecting-a-certain-something.html What to expect when they’re expecting a certain something - Sometimes their most-desired gift just isn’t available. Here’s how to let them down while keeping the holiday joy.
 Many children today have raised the holiday wish list or letter to Santa to an art form: a document to be labored over and carefully considered, perhaps even rewritten or reordered a few times b...]]>
The spatula - A Christmas memoir http://illinoistimes.com/article-14838-the-spatula.html The spatula - A Christmas memoir
 It was a year past her leaving that Anna made her request, a simple thing and reasonable, that William bring with him the spatula, the one with the red handle. “I kept it in the drawer by the...]]>
Gifts that feed their food passion - The perfect food-focused presents for the person who lives in the kitchen http://illinoistimes.com/article-14839-gifts-that-feed-their-food-passion.html Gifts that feed their food passion - The perfect food-focused presents for the person who lives in the kitchen
 The holidays are a special time for foodies. From elaborate holiday meals to elegant cocktail parties to extensive holiday desserts, this is a time where foodies can shine. It’s only natural t...]]>
How to celebrate with faith and fun - From handed-down heirlooms to modern, whimsical designs, faith-focused décor items are some of the most cherished, unique items of the season. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14812-how-to-celebrate-with-faith-and-fun.html How to celebrate with faith and fun - From handed-down heirlooms to modern, whimsical designs, faith-focused décor items are some of the most cherished, unique items of the season.
 There’s no time like the holidays.They are a time of family, tradition and celebration – and of a very particular aesthetic. Wherever you live, from the Northeast to the Southwest, every hou...]]>
How to give the best gifts ever - Some gifts they want, and some gifts they want to return. Here’s how to be sure to give a great one. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14813-how-to-give-the-best-gifts-ever.html How to give the best gifts ever - Some gifts they want, and some gifts they want to return. Here’s how to be sure to give a great one.
 There are great gifts, and there are not-so-great gifts, and luckily for you, we know just what they are.If gift-giving gives you anxiety, here’s a bit of good news: 70 percent of people polle...]]>
Real vs. fake - When to go with the real deal for your holiday décor, and when to opt for some artificial assistance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14781-real-vs-fake.html Real vs. fake - When to go with the real deal for your holiday décor, and when to opt for some artificial assistance
 The most wonderful time of the year can be the most beautiful time of the year in your home. Yet transforming your rooms into magical holiday wonderlands can be stressful, as every year the hunt...]]>
Made with love, displayed with love - How to shine a light on the classroom-made projects kids bring home this time of year http://illinoistimes.com/article-14782-made-with-love-displayed-with-love.html Made with love, displayed with love - How to shine a light on the classroom-made projects kids bring home this time of year
 Decorating for the holidays is a special activity for many families, and excitement mounts as box after box appears from storage. But with an array of school-aged artists in the mix, things can...]]>
How to throw a gingerbread house building party - It’s a holiday tradition, so why haven’t you ever hosted one? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14783-how-to-throw-a-gingerbread-house-building-party.html How to throw a gingerbread house building party - It’s a holiday tradition, so why haven’t you ever hosted one?
 What’s not to love about a gingerbread house building party? Festive and fun, it’s a party filled with candy and other sweet treats, plus guests get the chance to create their own unique, ta...]]>
The scents of the season - From evergreens to spices, here’s how to fill your home with a festive aroma http://illinoistimes.com/article-14784-the-scents-of-the-season.html The scents of the season - From evergreens to spices, here’s how to fill your home with a festive aroma
 Holiday decorating isn’t just about making a home look beautiful – it’s about filling the space with holiday treats and trimmings that appeal to all five senses. If scent is the strongest...]]>
Troubleshoot broken lights - Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-14751-troubleshoot-broken-lights.html Troubleshoot broken lights - Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays
There is perhaps nothing more frustrating around the holidays than attempting to fix a string of broken lights. Luckily, there are a few quick steps to take before simply trashing the whole strand and...]]>
From my home to yours - Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family http://illinoistimes.com/article-14752-from-my-home-to-yours.html From my home to yours - Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family
 Not only are the holidays a time to gather and catch up with family, they’re an opportunity to share the very best food and drink available. Mom’s not getting out the fancy dishes for nothin...]]>