The Shillito’s elves’ journey from the
North Pole has been a long one. From the holiday windows of the John
Shillito & Co. department store to a home in Mariemont, they’ve
captured the imagination of Cincinnatians for decades.
When we enter the grown-up world, there are quite a few
aspects of life that lose a great bit of childlike mystique: visits to
the dentist, overalls, Hostess products and, perhaps most glaringly, the
Take your fanciest tray or cutting board
out of the cupboard where it lurks 360 days a year, and put it in your
car. Drive to Dutch’s Larder. Seriously, this is the wow-factor your
party always wanted.
Midnight December 31: when our clocks and
calendars tip us into the New Year, party hats and all, to start anew.
The goal is to end the old year with respect — and a really great soiree
— and set our intentions to bring prosperity, love and luck in the new
“If you don’t know meat, know your butcher”
is advice I read on a butcher shop window a long time ago. It came back
to me recently when I read an article in The New York Times
titled “The Lost Art of Buying From a Butcher.” The bottom line: An
experienced butcher will gladly tell you more than a package ever will.
Many Cincinnatians are unemployed, looking for jobs that won’t return any time soon. Some
are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table for their family,
while others are living on the streets without a home to call their own. If you find yourself asking, “What can I
do, after all. I am only one person?,” there are many convenient
opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area to help those in need during the holiday season.
The first of two December offerings (War Horse
being the other) from The Most Successful Director That Has Ever Lived
is a motion-capture-rendered animated adventure that follows a young
journalist (Bell) immersed in a treasure hunt. The trailer looks like Indiana Jones minus the geriatric nonsense of that series’ last entry, which is obviously a good thing.
A DJ’s most important duty is to gauge
the crowd and keep them happy by choosing the just-right song to play at
that just-right moment. I was told by the DJ company that a truly great
DJ doesn’t just spin records — if he or she is good enough, they can
act almost like a Pied Piper. And, he assured me, the DJ I’d been
assigned is one of their best — DJ Scrooge McRock.
Sure, it might sound
boring and vaguely pathetic for one's favorite holiday memories to revolve around TV — how very “American” of me — but holidays
just wouldn’t be the same without football on Thanksgiving, the
Christmas Eve A Christmas Story marathon and all the classic
This year’s Holiday Issue took a step
back in an attempt to enjoy the experiences that so often pass us by
during this time of year. Should we have set up an elaborate photo shoot
for our Holiday Issue covers? That sounded stressful and obligatory, so
we just built a little house out of cookies and candy. It was only one
story, but it was delicious. And we enjoyed each other’s company and had
lots of candy left over.