As we enter into the hellish period leading up the December holidays in which the task of Shopping becomes an all-consuming force of urban life--can...
Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you'll enjoy snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard (the nearby Dolomites provide a pretty stunning backdrop) while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.
You might be exactly where I was six years ago after I lost my father to suicide. It's your first Thanksgiving without your wife, your son, your uncle...
The holiday shopping season is upon us! With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday just days away, it's time to start making your list and checking it twice. If you've got someone like me on your list (a self-proclaimed crazy dog lady), you won't want to miss this gift guide.
Even if I wreck the pie, drop the turkey, set off the fire alarm, and we all end up at the Shoney's buffet. I am okay, and I am enough. Just like you.
The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake, "Walking in the Air," stays with me for days every time I watch this film.
Deals... I love them, you love them, everybody loves them. Even retailers seem overjoyed to slash prices. I got an email this morning from a big box store announcing they were starting Black Friday bargains super early, like it was this crazy idea dreamed up last night over cocktails.
On Christmas Day last year, I boarded a plane along with my husband. Not to either one of our family's locations. We had decided to take a trip of a lifetime instead. Destination: Zurich, Switzerland.
The healing properties of cooking cannot be denied. Following a set of instructions and busying your hands is like hitting the reset button on your brain. With Thanksgiving coming up, odds are, you're going to be in the kitchen in one way or another.
The holiday shopping season is in full effect. Hanukkah begins the evening of Sunday, December 6 this year, which means if you're shopping for Hanukkah observers you have about three weeks fewer to shop for gifts.
Follow the Goldilocks rule when stocking up on seasonal inventory. Don't order too much -- aim for "just right" to meet customers' demands. The Beetses learned this lesson the hard way when they were starting the business in 2010.
The Christmas after my father passed away was just as heartbreaking as Thanksgiving. Mama tried to make up for his absence by buying me two "big gifts" instead of only one. There was still a void, but we managed to celebrate and tis the season to be merry. His absence was always painful, but it became normal.
The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means it's the time of year when you are suddenly reminded that you're terrible at shopping for gifts. Sure, you have the perfect idea for your best friend, but some people are hard to figure out.
Like many people, I believed America's relationship with Christmas to be a long and constant one, nearly synonymous with the flag and bald eagle. But I was mistaken. It turned out that many holiday traditions that I always held dear weren't exactly what they seemed. And Christmas folklore I'd never even heard about quickly caught my attention.
I'm going home for the holidays and I'm going to bring... my pajamas. How fast can I be by the fireplace, sipping on eggnog and drifting to sle...
At 16, when I left the Jehovah's Witness religion, I made a scrapbook full of things I wanted to celebrate and do when I was an adult and had my own life. Cut and pasted magazine clippings for holiday parties and pink frosted birthday cakes were plastered on every page.