Category: Christmas

The best Christmas album you should be listening to right now

Yesterday I read some comments on another site from people who are loving the marshmallow song from the Target commercials. As in, they think that Target made up the song for their holiday ads. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been playing Darlene Love’s version of “Marshmallow World” and A Christmas Gift for You... Read more »

You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too

You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too
Day two of shorter blog posts due to various Christmas festivities. Tomorrow, leftovers and regular posts will commence. Lots of new things going on today, but I decided to let you in on a new recipe. Cheese ball! I’ve never made a cheese ball before, but I’ve always admired them at parties. Various cheeses rolled... Read more »

The Night Before Christmas in our own home

The Night Before Christmas in our own home
Short post tonight because it’s Christmas Eve, we have dinner cooking and Santa tracking to do! This is the first time we’ll be spending Christmas Eve at our house. Normally, we’re making the rounds to see relatives and when we get home, we carry two sleeping kids up to their rooms. Tonight, we can actually... Read more »
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Charlie Brown Christmas tree or not, we love it

Charlie Brown Christmas tree or not, we love it
It’s that time of year to eat, drink and be merry. Let me tell you, I’ve been partaking in all of those things. I’m going to try to write this post while in a food coma. I’ll just take one more bite of fudge… Every year we get a real Christmas tree and decorate it... Read more »

Sugar cookies with icing, for beginners

Sugar cookies with icing, for beginners
Baking day. It happens every year right before Christmas. I don’t bake over a series of days, rather we have one marathon day of getting things done. It was snowing when we woke up and I’m not feeling in tip top shape. Staying indoors seemed like the best course of action. I told the kids... Read more »

How to solve your problems with this perfect hot toddy recipe

How to solve your problems with this perfect hot toddy recipe
Do you want to stop coughing? Are you feeling like a Grinch and want to get into the holiday spirit? Well then, it’s time for a hot toddy! Good thing I have some whiskey left over from my mint julep experiment because that’s just the stuff I need. I’ve come down with this cough that... Read more »
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5 tips for writing a letter to Santa

5 tips for writing a letter to Santa
Lilia wrote a letter to Santa today and soon enough, it will be on its way to the North Pole. Every year, she draws a picture or writes a note to Santa on Christmas Eve.This year, I told her she could write her letter early and she looked at me like I was crazy. “Santa... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker is a magical Christmas tradition

The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker is a magical Christmas tradition
Today Lilia and I saw the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. We went last year (no this wasn’t our new adventure, more on that later) and to put it lightly, I was astounded by the performance. Joffrey Ballet calls itself “America’s #1 Nutcracker” and after seeing it two years in a... Read more »

What a real gingerbread house looks like

What a real gingerbread house looks like
I’ve never made a gingerbread house with the kids before, that is, until today. This morning I shoveled the driveway while the kids and our dog rolled around in the snow for an hour. We came back inside to warm up and Lilia immediately tore into the gingerbread house kit that we bought a couple... Read more »
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Putting up Christmas lights: mastering the craft

Putting up Christmas lights: mastering the craft
When Fran and I first started dating, he wasn’t that “into” Christmas decorating. He wasn’t the Grinch or anything, it just wasn’t his, shall we say, cup of tea. When it came to Christmas, you might want to say, compared to him, I sounded a little like this. We got our first Christmas tree together... Read more »