In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
“There is tremendous joy at how complete the family is right now, it just didn't feel complete until we were together," says Scott Wells, starting center for the St. Louis Rams and father of six.
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From Christmas and Hanukkah dinners to New Year’s Eve parties, the holiday hostess’ work is never done. Gift her with a special treasure to show your appreciation for her this season—and all year-round.
Victorian Christmas at Campbell House
Two local women just returned from Washington, where they joined more than 100 other volunteers from across the country to decorate the White House for the holidays.
Q: Chef, I saw your wonderful gingerbread house at River City, and enjoyed breakfast with my family a few days ago. Would you share the recipe for the gingerbread cookie stars you served? I would like to make some for Christmas this year.
There are a multitude of ways to find yourself walking in a winter wonderland this time of year. Make the season bright with these family-friendly activities.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Story: When last we visited the Armadillo Acres trailer park in Starke, Florida, Donna (“Pickles”) was convinced she was pregnant, even though everyone else thought she was experiencing hysterical pregnancy. Guess what? Pickles was right, much to the surprise of her friends Betty and Linoleum (“Lin”).
Story: Living in an orphanage is no picnic, and the Great Depression makes it even worse. Still, 11-year-old Annie has faith that she’ll find the parents who left her as an infant on the Municipal Girls Orphanage doorstep in New York City back in 1922.
You’ve driven by it countless times: the bright white and brick Colonial church on Clayton Road. But Ladue Chapel is more than meets the eye, with a dedicated staff ready to warmly welcome the public to a host of weekly services and holiday events.
Almost every parent is convinced at some point in time that their child must be 'hyperactive.' And, since hyperactivity is one symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that child must have ADHD. The American Psychiatric Association states the incidence of ADD to be about 5 percent, though some reports suggest that it is higher.
Almost everyone has some sort of Christmas/holiday television tradition. Whether it's football, the Frosty cartoon, or forcing the younger set to watch an old black-and-white movie, we all enjoy a bit of holiday entertainment. Now, I'm the first to admit my mistletoe tastes are less serious than most, shall we say. I love Bing Crosby, but the only way I'm watching White Christmas is at gunpoint. Like most movies, the way I decide if something is a classic is simple: If it came on at 10:30 at night, would I stay up and watch it? So without further ado, these currently are my 10 favorite holiday comedies. I limited the list to comedies, although I'm not sure it would be much different if I opened the contenders up to all holiday films.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
Earlier in our marriage, when my husband and I were trying to establish our own holiday traditions, we volunteered for several years at the New Life Evangelistic Center downtown to serve meals on Christmas Day. For our 'shift,' I always enjoyed the cooking part: checking on the simmering sauces on the stove or getting the casseroles ready for serving. My husband usually helped man an assembly line along the hallway that took the hot food from the upstairs kitchen to the dining room downstairs, where hundreds were anticipating a hot, 'fancy' meal. The mood was made even more festive by the non-stop singing of Christmas carols, courtesy of the volunteers.
The holiday season brings images of family—and shiny, sparkling gifts—to mind, making local jeweler The Diamond Family sound as if it were made specifically for the occasion. But the name isn’t for show—this business has been family-operated since 1978. Co-owners Michael Haddad and his brother, Alex, are in the third generation of running the business.
Send winter well-wishes to family and friends while also supporting your favorite organization, with these holiday cards from local nonprofits.
St. Louis is nothing if not tradition-heavy around the holidays, and though some practices have fallen to the wayside, many others are here to stay. John Oldani has literally written the book on local traditions, aptly titled Christmas in St. Louis.