| Nov 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just the beginning. Welcome, Americans, to the official start of the holiday shopping season.
No matter how much you all-caps the message “Christmas was invented by corporations to get consumers to spend more...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Happy new year everyone! We still have one more weekend to celebrate the holidays and all of our traditions. Even though I celebrate Chanukah, I do have my warm and fuzzy Christmas traditions as well. Christmas Eve means two things in my house –...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Even if it's closer to Christmas Day than Groundhog Day, an evening trip to Woodstock — the one in McHenry County, not the one written about by Joni Mitchell — reveals more than a few flashbacks to 1993.
For example, you stumble across a...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Winnetka ushered in the holiday season Dec. 5 with the annual Winnetka Tree Lighting at Metra Park, across the street from Winnetka Village Hall.
A Douglas fir, planted a few years ago by the Winnetka Park District, festively glowed with white lights...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 6:30 AM
After all the hype and hoopla, shopping and wrapping, partying and planning, Christmas Day is finally here once again. Following on the heels of the eight-day observation of Chanukah, which culminated just the other night, our homes have been full of...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 2:06 PM
People around the world celebrate the upcoming holiday season in myriad ways. The Museum of Science and Industry salutes that diversity with its colorful dual celebration, "Christmas Around the World" and "Holidays of Light."
The festivities open with a...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 1:44 PM
Ryan Seacrest remembers when his dad turned 40. His dad's friends put a sign up outside of his home that read “Over the Hill.” It was at that moment, Seacrest recalls, that he said to himself, “Oh my God, he's really old now.” Next...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Christened on Christmas Eve 1741, Bethlehem comes by its Christmas City moniker honestly and markets that heritage to tourists with fresh-cut evergreen trees hanging from the downtown light posts.
But look closely this year: Some of that Douglas fir may...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 11:46 AM
Want to have yourself a merry little Christmas at a Florida resort? No worries: Florida properties are ready for the holiday season with majestic Christmas trees, special decorations and themed activities and attractions.
Here are some to check out:...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Like a clump of mistletoe, draining the life from its host branches, Christmas season merchandise has inched its way onto store shelves, practically bumping Jack the Ripper from his spooky post.
Now, twinkling trees and sparkling snowmen have taken up...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Christmas Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and children in public school traditionally have the day off too. That will be true on Friday, Dec. 25, in Montgomery County, Md., schools. But the C word won’t be mentioned. In a development...