This Santa is Latino. He greeted children at a toy giveaway sponsored by Ald. George A. Cardenas last week at McKinley Park. I don’t think the holiday season is a time for race baiting. Santa is not just one color. There are black Santas too. Santa looks how we imagine him and we should be... Read more »
I collect nativity scenes or nacimientos as they are called in Spanish. It’s not that I am super religious but to me they are interesting cultural symbols. They can be made from a variety of materials. This one pictured is oak, but I also have nativity scenes made out of tin, clay and straw. In... Read more »
Tamales and Noche Buena. These are two holiday treats I offer you this Festivus. The “rest of us” can enjoy them. This year I did not have time to make tamales but instead bought these at El Milagro. Noche Buena, which translates as Christmas Eve, is a dark Mexican beer sold during the holiday season.... Read more »
I offer you today a view of my humble Christmas branch. It’s a tradition that I share with my husband. We’re both allergic to pine trees and our place is too small for a large artificial tree. So a few years ago we started looking for the ideal Christmas branch. It started when we spent... Read more »
Christmas arrived early for hundreds of children who received free gifts at the “Toys for Kids” event at McKinley Park Friday. It was the 11th annual toy giveaway sponsored by Ald. George A. Cardenas of the 12th Ward. There were a lot of smiling faces. Type your email address in the box and click... Read more »
Looking for a holiday event to attend with family? Try the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. There will be music, food and lots of holiday gifts for sale. It ends December 24 at 4 p.m.
The lions at the Art Institute of Chicago are festively decorated. The bronze statues have worn evergreen wreaths for the holidays for the last 22 years. Walking by them always puts me in the holiday spirit.
Christmas owls? Pretty cute. These owls were made by local school children and were on display at the Metzli gallery and cultural center in Pilsen.
These reindeer should help Santa find his way. For the time being they are grazing on Christmas lights on Cullerton Street in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.
Cantinflas wishes you a Feliz Navidad. The late Mexican actor and comedian was considered the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico.” He is depicted here in the store window of “No Manches Clothing,” 1800 W. 18th St., in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. There are 10 days ’til Christmas so don’t forget to do some shopping on... Read more »