Here are a few things I came across that I wanted to share. Hopefully they’ll fill your week with some inspiration and levity. Enjoy! Continue reading
Because I work in social services, it’s not uncommon for me to be asked by a friend or family member what the best way is to help someone who is homeless, especially during the holidays. I love this questions for a myriad of reasons, because it usually results in meaningful discussions, but mostly it reminds me that people are, at their core, good. Continue reading
Since we are finally seeing some dry weather in Chicago, the hubby and I hopped on the train and headed downtown this afternoon for one of our favorite holiday traditions: exploring the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.
In case you didn’t know, Chicago’s German roots run deep, and this annual outdoor market, which takes after the one in Nuremberg, has been getting Chicagoans into the Christmas spirit for nearly twenty years. If you are looking for some unique holiday gifts, this is definitely the place to visit! Each of the little shops offers something different, from hand-painted ornaments and nutcrackers, to candied nuts and knit scarves. My favorite booth this year was Dom itp, which displayed dozens of glass-blown replicas of some of Chicago’s most famous landmarks.
Now that Thanksgiving is officially over and we’re all enjoying our turkey sandwiches, I feel like I can come out in the open with my holiday cheer. I am, to put it mildly, a Christmas fanatic. I love the lights, the shopping, the music and every tacky, tinsel covered tree. Every year I have a bucket list of festivities that I force my friends and family to endure with me, and I am unashamed to admit that I’ve been listening to the Rat Pack croon carols since before the Halloween candy was even gone. If you are not one to embrace the spirit of the season, no judgement, but this blog just might not be the place for you until after the new year.
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the movies. Nothing beats snuggling up under a blanket with some peppermint tea and a holiday classic. Here is a list of a few of my favorites, in no particular order.
A Christmas Story
The 50’s nostalgia, the leg lamp, the horrible, pink nightmare bunny suit, and one infamous line on repeat: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
Because they deserve a post all their own, here is a list of movies that aren’t really Christmas flicks, but thanks to a three-minute scene where the cast sings ‘O Holy Night’ and decorates a Christmas tree or something, I can justify binge watching for the month of December.
When Harry Met Sally
There’s a total of about two holiday scenes in this entire movie, but somehow they are just enough to make me want to snuggle in a watch it on repeat every Christmas season.
While You Were Sleeping
I loved this movie when I was little, mostly because of my huge, Independence Day related crush on Bill Pullman (#judgementFreeZone). Now that I live in Chicago, I love watching my adopted city depicted on any big screen (especially at the holidays).