CityBeat - Holiday http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-221-1-holiday.html <![CDATA[The Holiday Issue 2015: Cincinnati Festivus - ]]>

It’s been nearly 20 years since the famous Seinfeld episode “The Strike” introduced America to the concept of Festivus, the Costanza family’s long-lost nondenominational anti-holiday.

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<![CDATA[Feats of Strength - The Crosstown Shootout has always been rough]]>

Like most great sports rivalries, the magnitude of the Crosstown Shootout is built upon decades of animosity.

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<![CDATA[It's a Festivus Miracle! - Random happenings from 2015]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Festivus Dinner - A Festivus feast for the secularly faithful]]>

Get out your unadorned aluminum poles, folks: Dec. 23 is fast approaching, and whether you’re a Seinfeld fan or not, the “Festivus for the Rest of Us” is a great excuse to celebrate everyone’s favorite made-up secular holiday with a delicious home-cooked meal.

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<![CDATA[Last-Minute Gift Guide - Local presents for people you’re still buying for — or forgot about ]]>

There's still plenty of time to pick up unique gifts like earrings, ornaments, decor and more before the holidays arrive.

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<![CDATA[Festivals for the Rest of Us - Holiday exhibits, displays, parties and plays]]> Antique Christmas — The Taft Museum of Art’s annual holiday display features antique decorations, toys and ornaments, including Italian ornaments created just after World War II. Also s]]> <![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Presents for Her - ]]> Find unique presents for her ranging from jewelry, clothes and accessories to potted plants, books and macarons.
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<![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Presents for Hometown Heroes - ]]> Find Bengals apparel, Cincy-themed tiles, light-up letters and more for those who love everything local.
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<![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Presents for Him - ]]> Browse records, clothes and accessories, beer-making kits and more for him.
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<![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Presents for Kids - ]]> Charley Harper coloring books, shark-inspired clocks and unique toys and dolls are some of the many products from local businesses that are perfect for kids.
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<![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Presents for Hosts - ]]> Discover wall hangings, Ohio-shaped cutting boards, ornaments, wine and more to bring along to a party.
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<![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2015: Cozy Presents - ]]>

Keep things cozy this season with blankets, sweaters, hats, slippers and more.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Everything You Think You Hate About the Holidays - ]]> This year, we’re defending everything you think hate about the holidays, from mother-in-laws to mass to matzo and all the glittery crap in between.
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<![CDATA[In Defense of Saying “Happy Holidays” - ]]>

Fox News’ greatest holiday tradition and perhaps its greatest ongoing bullshit dissemination is its annual reminder that we are in the middle of a war — a “War on Christmas.”

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Scaring Children into Good Behavior - ]]>

 Kids are dicks, scientifically speaking.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Christmas Albums - ]]>

We’ve attempted to gather some of the best Christmas albums — from classic to just-released — so you don’t need to sift through all the dirt and rubble yourself.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Jewish Food - ]]>

Honestly, not all Jewish food is bad, especially this time of year when my people’s cuisine really begins to shine.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Mother-in-Laws - ]]>

When people trade horror stories — or, on the more rare occasion, love stories — about their in-laws, it’s the mother-in-law that tends to be the protagonist (or antagonist).

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Presents - ]]>

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice or anything in between, it’s one of the few times a year when you don’t have to be rational.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Christmas Mass - ]]>

First, a confession: I’m not Catholic.

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