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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...
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,”...
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Do you want to show off your garden for a cause?

The Nichols Garden Club in Trumbull is searching for a few more gardens to add to its tour, which takes place the second week in July 2015, from 4 p.m. to dusk. If you have a garden that you are proud of, consider being on the tour. Proceeds benefit a scholarship for a Trumbull High...

Shop local

Celebrate Shelton, a city-wide initiative promoting shopping local for Christmas (and all year long) will host vendors, local musicans and more at 415 Howe Avenue, Shelton. Events are Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20, 10-3 p.m. For information, visit CelebrateShelton.com.
Shake it up!

Shake it up!

Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Sparkling lights, the happy sounds of holiday music … ’tis the season to celebrate with family and friends! Elegant, easy cocktail parties are a wonderful way to entertain a crowd, be it large or small, with none of the fussiness and labor of a more formal dinner party. Let’s get the party started! Ensure a...

A meeting of the minds

Interfaith couples share their blended holiday traditions

In our increasingly global culture, it’s not only world travelers who embrace the thoughts and ideas of far-away lands. Those who stick close to home have also opened their minds and hearts to global influences around us, creating intoxicating blends of experiences, beliefs and lifestyles. This becomes especially evident during the holiday season (known only...
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...
Holiday pace accelerates: fairs, concerts, shows, etc.

Holiday pace accelerates: fairs, concerts, shows, etc.

2015 UConn Extension Master Gardener Program, applications being accepted for January 2015; 16 full-day class sessions plus 60-hour volunteer commitment; fee $415; info., mastergardener.uconn.edu. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift...
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...
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”...
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...
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...
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...