As Americans start to pack up their Christmas decorations, Spaniards continue to celebrate the holiday season beyond Christmas and the New Year. Since moving overseas to Madrid, we have found that the festivities begin on December 24 and end...
Last minute shoppers: do you have some difficult gift recipients left on your list? Are you stuck on what to get them and nervous you might select something they won’t want? Or that they’ll then have to find a space...
The pandemic sure has us saying "no" a lot more than usual. No to play dates, gatherings, vacations, and a lot of our holiday traditions. No to visits with older relatives. No to social engagements that seem harmless but could...
Many of your cherished family holiday traditions may not be possible this year — we can't safely gather indoors with extended family groups, large public events have been cancelled, many businesses are closed or have limited access. Use this opportunity...
When I was in college, I briefly worked in an engraving and embroidery shop. It was incredibly satisfying — the work was precise and challenging enough to keep things interesting.  It was rewarding to see the physical results and...
2020 has been frightful, but taking a drive to see Christmas lights can be the perfect, cozy activity to do with your family during the dark evenings leading up to Christmas. Get the whole family snug in their pajamas,...
'Tis the season for cheesy holiday movies - and we appreciate them even more amid a pandemic! If you love holiday movies, check out this list of where to find all of your holiday favorites, from classics to cheesy...
This year has been filled with so much uncertainty. As the holiday season is upon us, many are faced with the hard decision to simply say no to family gatherings as we attempt to keep ourselves and our loved...
‘Tis the season to see (or Zoom with) Santa in the Iowa City area — it is 2020 after all. Get your calendars out and make time to share the magic of the season with your little ones (and...
As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities looks a bit different this year. While there are still events that will be...

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