Holiday happenings

The holiday season is underway and there is no shortage of events in area towns. From seasonal shows to visits from Santa and just enjoying the Connecticut countryside for its wintry beauty, children, adults and families should find something to their liking. This is our feel-good time of year, captured with bright lights on frosty … Read more

Traditions make Christmas special

I grew up without much in the way of holiday traditions. My parents emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary, so we were a small nuclear family. It was always just the three of us at holidays. No cousins or grandparents to crowd around the table or create raucous celebrations. Also, we moved often, from one … Read more

Independents’ day

This Saturday, November 24, is designated, “Small Business Saturday.” With that in mind, and with the holiday shopping season upon us, I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about one of my heroes: the small business owner, the independent retailer. Making your list, checking it twice, and shopping small: This Saturday, Nov. 24, … Read more

Wishing you a very healthy holiday!

Here come the holidays — the season for bright lights and bows, boxes and bags, and gatherings galore. There are dinner parties, office parties, gift exchanges, cocktail soirées, and cookie swaps. Holiday celebrations include overnight guests, shopping marathons, mountains of gift wrapping, and a bevy of baking. All of this merrymaking can be ever so … Read more

Hot chocolate with a twist

There’s nothing as comforting as a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to cocoa—milk chocolate with marshmallows—but I’ve become enlightened to other ways to experience the festive drink this holiday season. “Creative cooks are always looking for new ways to spice up old favorites at home. … Read more

Wrap star!

Most families have their own special traditions during the holidays…decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies, visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center. As a child, I had one of my own, of which I am not very proud. Each year, a few days before Christmas, I would sneak into my parents’ bedroom closet, where my mom … Read more

Let the holiday spirit move you

“One in 10 families is near the poverty line in Fairfield County,” says Wade Gibson of New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children, “and this time of year—holiday time—is particularly difficult for them.” Thanksgiving abounds with food drives. The focus in December is collecting toys for children who otherwise would do without. If you’d like to … Read more

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