IllinoisTimes - Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-99-1-holiday.html Sun, 21 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>
Four steps to a perfect holiday bird - A delicious turkey starts at the store, comes to life in your kitchen and leaves everyone eager for leftovers – after the food coma dissipates. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14719-four-steps-to-a-perfect-holiday-bird.html Four steps to a perfect holiday bird - A delicious turkey starts at the store, comes to life in your kitchen and leaves everyone eager for leftovers – after the food coma dissipates.
 Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude and, of course, food. The centerpiece of any truly authentic Thanksgiving meal is a succulent, flavorful turkey – but preparing the bird takes more than...]]>
’Tis the season for cider - Hard apple beverages are all the rage right now. Here’s what to know about the crisp (or dry or sweet ) drinks you’ll be drinking this season http://illinoistimes.com/article-14720-%25E2%2580%2599tis-the-season-for-cider.html ’Tis the season for cider - Hard apple beverages are all the rage right now. Here’s what to know about the crisp (or dry or sweet ) drinks you’ll be drinking this season
 Every holiday has its iconic meals: Thanksgiving has turkey, Christmas has ham and Hanukkah has latkes. But just what are we to drink during these celebrations? Well, this year a nice hard cider...]]>
Kitchen gift-giving made easy - Match your gift to their personality http://illinoistimes.com/article-14689-kitchen-gift-giving-made-easy.html Kitchen gift-giving made easy - Match your gift to their personality
 Those names on your holiday gift list are more than just people – they’re personalities. This simple shift in perspective can go a long way to help narrow down gift selections. Become a grea...]]>
Reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-14690-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-this-holiday-season.html Reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season
 The holiday season is typically one when everything is done bigger and better. Excess may run supreme, and for those who are concerned about how their actions impact the environment, such excess...]]>
Ten ways to de-stress Thanksgiving - What, you? Worry? Nah. The big meal is a piece of cake by employing a few time- and sanity-saving tricks http://illinoistimes.com/article-14691-ten-ways-to-de-stress-thanksgiving.html Ten ways to de-stress Thanksgiving - What, you? Worry? Nah. The big meal is a piece of cake by employing a few time- and sanity-saving tricks
You can have a memorable Thanksgiving meal with delicious food, a beautiful table and appreciative guests, but with a fraction of the usual work. If you pare your to-do list to emphasize the season’...]]>
Restoration begins on historic Taylor House - The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center http://illinoistimes.com/article-14581-restoration-begins-on-historic-taylor-house.html Restoration begins on historic Taylor House - The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center
 It’s been a private residence, a home for fallen women and a technical school for African-American students. As recently as a few months ago, it was slated to become an empty lot. Now, thanks ...]]>
Skunked before Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-13242-skunked-before-christmas.html Skunked before Christmas
 We lived in a frame house in Hickory Hollow during our younger years. We had many interesting experiences there, especially in the wintertime.Brother Jack and I woke up early on a dark and cold...]]>
Toy land, toy land … tablet, game and joy land - This year, look for tech, nostalgia and popular brands to sell big http://illinoistimes.com/article-13205-toy-land-toy-land-%25E2%2580%25A6-tablet-game-and-joy-land.html Toy land, toy land … tablet, game and joy land - This year, look for tech, nostalgia and popular brands to sell big
 Innovation. Building skills. Out-of-the-box thinking. This year, toys trends are more about stretching the mind than providing temporary entertainment – or finding new ways to do both.“This...]]>
Party 9-1-1! - How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta http://illinoistimes.com/article-13206-party-9-1-1_.html Party 9-1-1! - How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta
 Along with the holidays come many parties, but unfortunately, parties don’t always go the way you hope they will. We asked Susan Spungen, founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living and auth...]]>
Gifts for mom and dad http://illinoistimes.com/article-13207-gifts-for-mom-and-dad.html Gifts for mom and dad
 There are only so many sweaters, necklaces and pocketknives a person can acquire before it gets to be a bit much. “At a certain age, we start to comprehend the sacrifices our parents have made...]]>
Burn, smell, love http://illinoistimes.com/article-13174-burn-smell-love.html Burn, smell, love
Candles truly are the gifts that keep on giving. According to the National Candle Association, America’s love for waxing poetic burns bright: $2 billion is spent annually on candles and they are use...]]>
Change of pace http://illinoistimes.com/article-13175-change-of-pace.html Change of pace
 Whether your personal style is funky, classic, rustic or luxurious, sometimes you just want something different to show your guests for the holidays. Dress it upCreate a beautiful glassware disp...]]>
Tree-trimming traditions http://illinoistimes.com/article-13176-tree-trimming-traditions.html Tree-trimming traditions
 While the cast of characters and décor may change year-to-year, the traditions rarely do. These designers and celebrities share their favorite decorating stories.Suzanne KaslerAtlanta-based int...]]>
Elevate their photo game - It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13147-elevate-their-photo-game.html Elevate their photo game - It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level.
 There’s an old cliche in photography circles: The best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s our smartphone.For everyday use, smartphones are tough to beat. They have f...]]>
PlayStation & Xbox: The next generation - This holiday season, the most-desired devices are the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But which console is right for your gamer? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13148-playstation-xbox-the-next-generation.html PlayStation & Xbox: The next generation - This holiday season, the most-desired devices are the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But which console is right for your gamer?
 Among the billions of gifts Santa sifts through this holiday season may be millions of the latest eighth-generation video game consoles: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Sony’s PS4 teases innovative...]]>
2013 game critics’ award winners - The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list http://illinoistimes.com/article-13149-2013-game-critics%25E2%2580%2599-award-winners.html 2013 game critics’ award winners - The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list
 Each summer, the top video-game media name the best gaming titles of the year. Here are their picks for the best of the 2013.Titanfall Best of ShowBest Original GameBest Console GameBest PC Game...]]>
There’s no place like home for dinner - Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year http://illinoistimes.com/article-13130-there%25E2%2580%2599s-no-place-like-home-for-dinner.html There’s no place like home for dinner - Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year
 In her first book, The Dorm Room Diet (William Morrow, 2010), certified chef and integrative nutritionist Daphne Oz helped college students tackle dorm living. In her second book, Relish: An Adv...]]>
Head count - Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13131-head-count.html Head count - Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious.
 Feeding yourself and your family is a cinch. Cooking for a large group? That’s another story. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having a backyard get-together, it can be tricky...]]>
Top reasons to buy local, eat local, go local http://illinoistimes.com/article-13089-top-reasons-to-buy-local-eat-local-go-local.html Top reasons to buy local, eat local, go local
By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you’re helping in these many ways.Build community...]]>
Too many cooks in the kitchen - Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-13090-too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen.html Too many cooks in the kitchen - Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season
 There’s no place like home kitchens for the holidays. Or that’s what it seems, at least, when guests congregate in the heart of the home to chat, snack and offer the host or hostess a helpin...]]>