Archive for December 2011

Skip the New Year's resolutions and think new family rituals instead

Skip the New Year's resolutions and think new family rituals instead
Right now, many of you are contemplating aspirational “resolutions” for the new year. Maybe you are going to lose that extra 15 pounds of baby weight. Perhaps you are going to tackle your closets and put the perfect organizing system in place. I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but you probably aren’t going... Read more »

Get crafty with your cranberries

Get crafty with your cranberries
A few weeks ago, I invested in a gigantic bag of cranberries from Costco. At the time, it seemed like a sensible idea. However, after making cranberry sauce, cranberry-orange scones, and cranberry bread, we are kind of done with the cranberries. However, I still have about four cups of them frozen in my freezer.What to... Read more »

William and the Christmas Moon: A Review

William and the Christmas Moon: A Review
I never repost here on Wee Windy City — mostly out of laziness and the desire to not look back. But I dug out our collection of Christmas books over the weekend and I was reminded how totally spectacular one of them is. I really wanted to mention this book to you because I know... Read more »
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Celebrate the Winter Solstice
While we are all busy celebrating the “traditional” holidays, the winter solstice usually passes without most people taking any notice at all.  This is a totally missed opportunity. The winter solstice (occurring on December 22 this year) is a wonderful opportunity for families to take notice of what’s going on around them in the natural... Read more »

'Tis the season for giving: A great opportunity for your family

'Tis the season for giving: A great opportunity for your family
Around this time of year, many families are looking for a way to incorporate some more "giving" into this season that seems to be more focused on "getting.' I wanted to tell you about a great upcoming opportunity for your family to get into the spirit of the season...

Free Holiday Family Fun Kicks Off with the Dance-Along Nutcracker this Weekend

Free Holiday Family Fun Kicks Off with the Dance-Along Nutcracker this Weekend
As money seems to literally be flying out of my bank account as I tackle my very long holiday gift list, I find myself looking for ways to take advantage of free or low-cost holiday activities. You too? The great news is that there is certainly no shortage of free or inexpensive things to fill our holiday calendar. Riding the CTA with Santa? Check. A magical evening at Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Wouldn't miss it. Christmas caroling at "The Bean" in Millennium Park? Can't wait...
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