Tag Archive | Christmas

Christmas Music, Not on the Radio

I know that we, or at least I, have already had our fill of Christmas music this year and just can’t wait for New Years and the chance to move on with our lives. I mean how many times can you listen to Mariah Carey before stuffing your ears with your Santa beard? But there’s still […]

Visiting the National Christmas Tree

Visiting the National Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas in Washington, DC and that means something special happens in this partisan and cynical city. The Christmas Spirit begins to take hold of the young, old, republican, democrat and independent, and they all flock to the ellipse to view the national Christmas Tree. The grounds of the ellipse, between the Washington Monument and the White […]

Gift List 2014

Gift List 2014

The holiday season, aka gifting season, is upon us. For those of you who have procrastinated, here’s your heads up: As of this posting there are only 10 shopping days left.  So, for all of you who are stuck looking for a gift for the traveler in your life here is a quick list of a few thing […]

Setting the Holiday Mood in Pittsburgh

Setting the Holiday Mood in Pittsburgh

The holiday season in Pittsburgh begins with a bang — a lot of bangs to be accurate. View this post on Instagram Light. It. Up. Highlights from the THIRD fireworks display of the night. #LUN2014 #pgh A post shared by Amanda Changuris (@amandachanguris) on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:08pm PST I’m not sure what it is about […]

Christmas Traditions Around the World

The idea of trimming a tree isn’t universal, even in countries with large Christian populations. Greece is 95% Greek Orthodox and you will seldom see a tree, except in a store window.  The main symbol of the season is a wooden cross with basil wrapped around it, kept fresh using a bowl of holy water. […]

Festive Frederick, Maryland

The fall wanes to winter and the weather turns cold, the sky darkens early, but the streets of my hometown are still warm and bright. I have lauded Frederick, Maryland before as a Norman Rockwell scene come to life and it lives up to that description even more than usual this time of year. The […]