IllinoisTimes - Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-99-1-holiday.html Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Sharing the love of reading - Land of Lincoln Bookshare gets donated books into the hands of new readers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19450-sharing-the-love-of-reading.html Sharing the love of reading - Land of Lincoln Bookshare gets donated books into the hands of new readers
 Tiffany Roe and Litina Carnes looked at their collection of books that had outgrown their houses and started brainstorming ways to share their love of books. “We didn’t just want to donate t...]]>
Healthy holiday gifts http://illinoistimes.com/article-19451-healthy-holiday-gifts.html Healthy holiday gifts
 The holiday season brings many celebrations and traditions to enjoy, including gift-giving. Caitlin Huth, a University of Illinois Extension educator and registered dietitian, shares five health...]]>
Illinois books make the season bright http://illinoistimes.com/article-19423-illinois-books-make-the-season-bright.html Illinois books make the season bright
Books with an Illinois or Springfield connection make great holiday gifts, whether you’re looking for something for children, photographers, cooks, Lincoln buffs or sports enthusiasts. There are boo...]]>
Gifts to remember http://illinoistimes.com/article-19424-gifts-to-remember.html Gifts to remember
It isn’t always about what you receive or how much money was spent, but about the memories attached to a gift that sometimes ranks it up there with gifts to remember. As the holidays approach it is...]]>
Three million lights and Puff the Magic Dragon - East Peoria Festival of Lights, one of the largest in the Midwest http://illinoistimes.com/article-19402-three-million-lights-and-puff-the-magic-dragon.html Three million lights and Puff the Magic Dragon - East Peoria Festival of Lights, one of the largest in the Midwest
 East Peoria claims its Festival of Lights is “one of the largest, lighted nighttime festivals in the Midwest.” While such a boast is difficult to prove, visitors will encounter enough colorf...]]>
Time traveling through the Lower Illinois Valley http://illinoistimes.com/article-19168-time-traveling-through-the-lower-illinois-valley.html Time traveling through the Lower Illinois Valley
 The tranquil lower Illinois River valley, roughly the 71-mile stretch from Meredosia to where the river meets the Mississippi near the southern end of Calhoun County, belies its more turbid past...]]>
New Salem Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18063-new-salem-christmas.html New Salem Christmas
 December 1989 – I read in the newspapers recently where “Christmas at New Salem” weekend will be done away with. Seems that research has proven that the inhabitants of that short-lived vil...]]>
It’s tradition! - Need inspiration? Look no further than these holiday favorites from ‘The Chew’ co-hosts Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz http://illinoistimes.com/article-18033-it%25E2%2580%2599s-tradition_.html It’s tradition! - Need inspiration? Look no further than these holiday favorites from ‘The Chew’ co-hosts Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz
For 10 years Clinton Kelly told people what not to wear and gave his refreshingly honest fashion advice. For the last six years, he has moderated interviews and conducted craft corners on the daily ta...]]>
Ornamental style - The only thing better than making your own decorations is doing it with friends and family. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18034-ornamental-style.html Ornamental style - The only thing better than making your own decorations is doing it with friends and family.
 When she thinks about the Christmases of her childhood, Kate Guerrero doesn’t really remember the ornaments that glittered at department stores or the ones that matched tinsel with aesthetic s...]]>
A new car is a magical gift http://illinoistimes.com/article-18035-a-new-car-is-a-magical-gift.html A new car is a magical gift
 There’s something almost magical about those ubiquitous holiday commercials featuring new cars parked in the driveway on Christmas morning. The enormous red bow on top, the recipient in utter...]]>
Look natural - Tips to craft the perfect holiday tablescape http://illinoistimes.com/article-18036-look-natural.html Look natural - Tips to craft the perfect holiday tablescape
You’re planning the perfect holiday dinner. Guests have been invited, the menu is prepared – with allergies and dietary preferences accounted for – and decorating is last on the list. There’s...]]>
How to pick the right toys - Every kid has a wish list – but how do you decide what should actually be under the tree this year? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18007-how-to-pick-the-right-toys.html How to pick the right toys - Every kid has a wish list – but how do you decide what should actually be under the tree this year?
 While it might ring true that everyone feels like a kid at Christmastime, nothing beats the excitement of actually being a kid at Christmas. Few annual traditions are more anticipated and toiled...]]>
Have yourself a Vintage Little Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18008-have-yourself-a-vintage-little-christmas.html Have yourself a Vintage Little Christmas
 He might not have known it then, but maybe Charles Dickens had it right when he wanted us to look back at our Christmases past. Only today, those memories of Christmases past have become front a...]]>
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...]]>