| Nov 28, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: We work in the health services office of a large university with a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I chopped down the tree. I scaled the ladder, balancing precariously on one foot so those innermost, hard to reach branches would sparkle with light. I endured the physical ardors of hauling boxes of decorations from the basement, knowing full well that...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
As the holiday gift-buying clock winds down and all you cybershoppers sit smugly at your computers, bragging to anybody who will listen how easy it was to shop online, allow me to taint your eggnog.
You have no idea how much time you wasted -- time you...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Breakfast with Tomten
Eat pancakes with Tomten (Swedish for Santa) at this popular annual event. Don’t forget a camera to snap a pic of your kids with the man of the hour. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. (773-728-8111, samac....
| Nov 19, 2013
Your teen just declared himself atheist. You want him to celebrate the holidays. Help!
From our panel of staff contributors
There's nothing to prevent a non-Christian from celebrating the Christmas holidays. I have Jewish friends...
| Dec 10, 2013
Playing Santa Claus, or perhaps more properly portraying one of Santa's "helpers," can be a lot of fun. But jolly old elves aren't just born; it's something you have to work at. Doing it right is worth the effort.
"Being Santa is a true joy, a passion...
| Nov 7, 2013
When I was growing up, my family put an Italian or a French spin on every holiday. On Christmas Eve, we'd eat fish -- the feast of the seven fishes. On Easter, the Batalis would have lamb but also gnocchi alla primavera. But Thanksgiving was another story...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Retailers taking on an army of seasonal workers in December helped push overall holiday hiring levels to a 14-year peak this year, according to a new report.
But the better-than-expected increase of 801,100 jobs over the final three months of the year...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:53 AM
Good Sunday morning, only three days left ’til Christmas. Still plenty of time to hustle and bustle. But once the holiday arrives and everyone’s all settled in, steal a little time for a story. You already know the classics: “The Gift of...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:02 AM
A day after Christmas, UPS and FedEx are still playing Santa and scrambling to deliver packages that missed their Dec. 24 delivery deadlines.
The shipping giants blamed their tardiness on heavy holiday shipping volume and bad weather in some parts of...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Nicely played, Google Doodle! I see what you did there.
Today's Google Doodle kicks off Christmas Eve by sidestepping the never-to-be-resolved "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" debate.
The Google Doodle simple shows a bucolic scene of a couple...