Tag: Holidays

Winter holiday stamps: How does the US Postal Service select its stamp designs?

There are roughly three weeks until Hanukkah, four weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and five weeks until New Year’s Day. As the amount of days until the start of each winter holiday gets smaller and smaller, the lines at local post offices seem to get longer and longer. Yes, as the holidays approach, more and more people head to the US post office to... Read more »

"But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?" Celebrating winter holidays in our multicultural world

One question with six words has been on my mind for the last few days: “But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?”  And, it’s all thanks to my six-year-old son. He uttered that one question with six words to me on Monday, November 3 – to be exact. It came right after our red shopping cart careened around a corner at a Target store near... Read more »

Four great ways to celebrate Bastille Day with your family in Chicago

In France, people mark the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 with parades, fireworks and parties. There, the holiday that we refer to as Bastille Day, is more commonly called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or Le Quartorze Juilett (the fourteenth of July). Here in Chicago,... Read more »

Unusual (but very fitting) school holiday show songs

At this time of the year, many parents gather together to listen to their children perform in school holiday shows. If you have multiple children like I do, that means you may have spent a good part of your week going from show to show, hearing a wide range of holiday songs. With two kids... Read more »

Top holiday events for families in Chicago: December 20 - January 5

It’s finally here – the weekend before Christmas and the start of winter break for lots of children across the Chicago area. With the holidays in mind, I put together a list of great holiday happenings for families in the Windy City – from now through Sunday, January 5, 2014. May you enjoy festive gatherings,... Read more »

Sharing the gift of giving with my kids on #GivingTuesday

As of today, my family and I have celebrated six nights of Hanukkah. Each night has been a memorable one as we’ve been fortunate to fill it with family, friends and food. And, with each night has come presents – and the expectation of getting more presents. I guess it’s only natural that our kids... Read more »

Gifts that celebrate Chicago: A few of my favorite things

Most days, you can catch me wearing a DesignHype Metro Cuff. They make the perfect gift for anyone who lives in, or travels to, Chicago. I also have one for London and can't wait to add more to my collection based on my future travels. See the current series at www.designhypeinc.com.
Throughout the year, I compile an always growing list of some of the my favorite items that celebrate Chicago. I am enamored with the Windy City and all that makes it so wonderful to me – its diversity, its neighborhoods, its maze of vibrant streets, its iconic “L” tracks, its shores along Lake Michigan, and... Read more »

From Chicagoans: Holiday Foods From Around the World (Part 1)

Chicago is a true melting pot of people, neighborhoods and cultures. Throughout the year, Chicagoans come together to celebrate their different holidays and traditions. And, at the center of so many of those celebrations is food. So, with the holiday season upon us, I reached out to my fellow Chicagoans to uncover some of the... Read more »