IllinoisTimes - Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-99-1-holiday.html Fri, 01 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>