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Holiday Issue 2012

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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 holiday season.   

'Tis the Season

Holiday theater for the nice and naughty

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
How does that upbeat holiday tune go? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”? If you’re a theater fan and a devotee of holiday cheer, that’s the song you’re humming.
  

An Artisan Affair

Local gourmet pantry and party shop offers convenient ways to wow guests or hosts

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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.   

Give and Get Back

Tailor your generosity this holiday season by considering what matters most to you

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The holiday season is known as a time to celebrate, but, more importantly, it’s a time to give. It’s easy to translate your personal interests into the volunteer world.  

The Ghosts of Movies Past

An all-start list of seasonal films

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Bourbon-laced eggnog is optional but highly recommended when viewing the following list, which features a healthy dose of dark comedy and familial messiness.  

A Wintry Mix

2012 holiday listings

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Performance art, family-friendly events, music and more yuletide celebrations to make your season bright.
  

In With the New (or Very Superstitious)

Traditions to bring love and luck in the New Year

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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 year.  

Long-Lost Art

Experienced butchers can help take holiday meals to the next level

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
“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.  

Tis the Season

Local organizations offer convenient ways to help those in need during the holidays

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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.
  

Holidays In the Dark

Ten multiplex movies to relieve holiday-season stress

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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.  

Last Night a DJ Saved My Christmas

DJ Scrooge McRock takes the guesswork out of soundtracking your holiday family gathering

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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.  

Watching (TV) In a Winter Wonderland

Ten favorite holiday episodes from the past decade

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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 stop-motion specials.   

2011 Holiday Issue

Slow down and enjoy the season

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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.  

A Very Larry Christmas

Reflections on holidays passed

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have long, skinny fingers except when I go Christmas shopping. Once I’m in a store listening to Christmas music and hearing all that holiday cheer, my fingers swell up. This has been happening since the 1980’s. My fingers are no longer fingers. They’re long, fat sausages that are tired of picking up stuff and trying to decide what to buy somebody.  

Local Love

Neighborhood business districts make holiday shopping fun and rewarding

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
With the official kickoff to the holiday season just days away, some are preparing to don their riot gear and hit the malls, while others plan to remain in their comfy pajamas and point and click their way through their shopping list. Either way, local merchants are encouraging Cincinnati residents to “shop local” by visiting Cincinnati venues either in person or virtually this holiday season.