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Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

Events • Sixth Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop; Friday, Nov. 28 – Wednesday, Dec. 24, McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch St., Greenwich. Santa and his live reindeer — Dancer, Dasher, Prancer and Blitzen — are coming back to town. The community is invited to McArdle’s for a welcoming “We’re Back Party”...
5 reasons to mom-and-pop holiday shop

5 reasons to mom-and-pop holiday shop

Quick: Picture the holiday shopping experience. An image of a crowded Black Friday at the mall or a big-box retailer may well come to mind. Yet, when the National Retail Foundation surveyed consumers in October about holiday purchasing this year, close to 30% planned on doing at least some shopping at local/small businesses. There are...
Christmas trivia to put you in the holiday spirit

Christmas trivia to put you in the holiday spirit

The holiday season has arrived, and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their families and friends. The following are some interesting tidbits to share with your friends and loved ones this holiday season. • Each year, more than three billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States alone. •...
Where to go tree hunting for Christmas

Where to go tree hunting for Christmas

• Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm; choose and cut Christmas trees; Sasco Creek Road, Westport; 203-623-0646 • Bob’s Tree Farm; choose and cut Christmas Trees; 6-68 Turkey Plain Road, Rte. 53, Bethel; 203-241-3450 • Everett’s Corner Tree Farm; choose and cut Christmas trees; 136 Sherwood Road, Easton; 203-268-2508 • Fairview Tree Farm; choose...
Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Chanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the...

Christmas trees: Finding your family’s finest fir

In most homes during the holidays, the tree takes center stage, so choosing the “perfect one” is important. Do you cut your own? Buy one that is already pre-cut? And what type of tree should you buy: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine? It’s a process that can be as easy or as complicated as...
Holiday party: Out-of-the-box themes

Holiday party: Out-of-the-box themes

Parties are an integral part of the holiday season, when friends and family gather to celebrate and give thanks. For holiday hosts, parties are a great opportunity to make the season even more festive with an event that guests won’t soon forget. The following are just a few themes to make your holiday party as...

Historic Holidays to the North and South

• Trek north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on weekends in December for the 35th Annual Candlelight Stroll at the Strawbery Banke Museum, which has 40 buildings within the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Historic activities on and around the 10-acre grounds include horse-drawn carriage rides, traditional barrel-making and 18th century hearth cooking demos, and tinsmith...
Capturing  the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Capturing the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Connecticut is brimming with holiday festivities, many of which date back decades or otherwise serve to bring on childhood nostalgia. A little harder to come by are events that truly take one back in time. “The draw to historic holiday celebrations is how they offer a peek at the past,” said Melanie Bourbeau, curator at...
‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 10th Annual Festive Home is a cheerful holiday marketplace fund-raiser event.  It is open for business through Tuesday, Dec. 23, with extended hours Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme this year is “Be Brilliant!”  Eleven designers have been paired with member artists, contributing their talents and...
Parenting from the Trenches: Holiday hysteria and managing the madness

Parenting from the Trenches: Holiday hysteria and managing the madness

When I picture my oldest child, Blake, now 31, at his first walking-and-talking Christmas, it is of a 16-month-old roaring about in my then in-law’s apartment with candy canes clutched in each hand and a face streaked with sticky red sugar. His excitement was both tangible and aromatic, and colorful bows and wrapping papers were...
A house for all seasons - particularly Christmas!

A house for all seasons – particularly Christmas!

This Darien home is a wonderful spot for a large family all year round, but that’s especially true at holiday time. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the six-bedroom, 7,800-square-foot home comes alive with lights inside and out, five Christmas trees and all sorts of decorations that the family has collected over the years. “I think...
Taste of the trail: In search of Connecticut chocolate

Taste of the trail: In search of Connecticut chocolate

It’s the kind of trail that nearly everyone wants to traverse. And there’s no better time than the holidays to trek near or far within the state to taste a world of chocolate that’s made right here. With one dozen destinations, the Connecticut Chocolate Trail was compiled by the state Office of Tourism. While each...
Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

• Fairfield’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held at Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 6. Festivities begin at 5:50 p.m. with the Fairfield Woods, Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson middle schools chamber choirs singing songs of the season. The Bridgeport Theatre Company and the Fairfield Warde Choral Group will also be performing. Free hot...