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Give a gift with a message

Give a gift with a message

What female doesn’t like a piece of jewelry for Christmas? Not many. And jewelry with an inspirational message can be a special keepsake. Love Sees jewelry, created one year ago by Nancy Diehl, a Wilton resident and mom of two teenaged daughters, features sterling silver, delicate necklaces and bracelets engraved with various love phrases. “Love...
Top new toys for boys: And hot updates to classics, too

Top new toys for boys: And hot updates to classics, too

Buying for boys this holiday season? There are two pieces of good news: 1) Industry experts have done the research on what’s hot for you, and 2) There is no single must-have-for-all hot toy. “It’s really what’s ‘hot’ for the child, about what the child is interested in,” said Adrienne Appell, a toy trends specialist...
Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchanges in the form of grab bags, auctions, swaps and other games make for fun additions to holiday festivities. They also can be a part of any family or friends gathering to add excitement and entertainment to the occasion. The following are a few do’s and don’ts to ensure participation in gift exchanges is...
Time to stuff  those stockings!

Time to stuff those stockings!

With one week left until Christmas, it is time to scurry, scurry, scurry and tick those gift items off your list and turn to the stockings hung by the chimney with care. While it’s easy to hit the local CVS, Walgreens or mom-and-pop pharmacy and buy some small toiletry items and toys, playing cards, or...
Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store in New Canaan offers myriad  just-in-the-nick-of-time gifts that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. Located at 199 Elm St., store hours through Friday, Dec. 19, are 10 to 3, and on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 6.  For very last minute shopping it will be open...
Mother Nature:  A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

Mother Nature: A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

During the months of November and December, Darien resident Cynthia Princi can be found in the produce section of the local grocery store at least once a week, and she’s not necessarily buying food for her family. Cindy relies on nature’s bounty when it comes to decorating her house for the holidays, and for Cindy,...
Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

There’s nothing better than walking into a home full of the smell of an evergreen Christmas tree and fresh flower arrangements of cut cedar, incense, pine, lilies, and roses. Eucalyptus, pinecones, candy canes, and bayberry in arrangements are nostalgic scents, according to Keith Barker, owner of The Gardener’s Center & Florist in Darien (gardenerscenter.com). “Earthy...
Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Beautiful evergreen trees aren’t the only plants that enjoy getting “spruced” up for the holidays. Houseplants also show off their Christmas green when placed in the spotlight. Whether you like a subtle look or go all-out glitz when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget that indoor plants can add extra interest and sparkle...
Making cookie memories

Making cookie memories

The thing about an old cookie press is that it can make a lot more than just cookies. The cookie press I’m talking about is silver-colored, made of some kind of thin metal. The hollow cylinder is closed at each end with silvery pink caps, and a black handle at one end twists downward to...
Creating sentimental holiday décor

Creating sentimental holiday décor

The holidays are – as they should be – a sentimental season. And holiday décor is an excellent way to help celebrate past traditions and start new ones. Big Lots has partnered with two leading home décor bloggers – Blulabel Bungalow’s Erika Ward and Tatertots and Jello’s Jennifer Hadfield – to share tips and tricks to...
"Christmas Town Festival" and gingerbread trail scheduled

“Christmas Town Festival” and gingerbread trail scheduled

There’s no better start to the season than Bethlehem’s 34th  annual Christmas Town Festival on Friday and Saturday, December 5 – 6.  The center of the village comes alive with strolling carolers, live music, free horse-drawn wagon hayrides and more than 70 art and craft exhibitors filling in seven buildings with original gifts. The Chime-In...
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. •...