Happy Holidays!

Boughs of holly, candy canes and visions of gifts under the tree. These are just a few things that help make the season merry and bright. With the holidays just around the corner, many people have begun their own traditions. The Elf on the Shelf has appeared in many homes. Children are enjoying Advent calendars […]

Holiday “Did You Know?”

There are many symbols and traditions associated with the upcoming holiday season. Most of these are traditions that have carried over from generation to generation with stories behind the custom. Did you know: Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant that obtains water and mineral nutrients from its host plant, which are deciduous or evergreen trees. Most […]

Chicagoland Holiday Traditions

Whether you’re a Chicago native or a recent transplant to the area, there are wonderful local traditions that can be enjoyed and explored by all! One long standing tradition in Chicago is the Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) window displays. The tradition began in the 1890’s when retailer Marshall Field transformed the store’s display windows into […]