The month of March is host to one of the most festive days of the year. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. For Christians of many denominations, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the story of how he brought Christianity to Ireland. However, it gradually became a more secular celebration of all things Irish all over the world. Every year on March 17th, celebrations abound from Ireland to the United States, Argentina, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, and even Japan and South Korea. What are some of the most long-standing Saint Patrick’s Day traditions, and how did they come to be? Read on to find out.
Valentine’s Day is the second-most celebrated holiday worldwide, taking the number 2 spot after New Year’s Day. Originally, it was a feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, who was rumored to have been a martyr for love. Nearly a thousand years later in the 19th century, this day become popular for exchanging handwritten notes between loved ones. From there, it developed into the commercialized Hallmark holiday we know (and love?) today. Last year, Americans spent about $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day, making it the second-highest grossing holiday—Christmas takes the top spot. Who is spending all that money, and what are they buying? Let’s take a look.
Traveling during the holidays, whether to visit family, take a ski holiday, or seek some sunshine, is never easy. Winter weather can throw a curveball at you, as can unanticipated traffic and flight delays. With millions of Americans on the road this season, adding kids to the mix might be enough to make you want to stay put instead. But with careful planning and the right attitude, you can keep your kids happy and yourself calm on your way to your destination. Check out these tips to help make traveling with little ones easier.
A long-standing tradition of the Hanover Inn, the annual handmade and hand-decorated gingerbread house stands in the center of the lobby—a main attraction for Hanover’s holiday festivities.The pastry chefs of the Hanover Inn bakeshop work on this project for nearly two months before the house is ready to be displayed at the Inn. Each year, the process is not only labor intensive but also a creative undertaking, as each house is unique in design.
Every family has special dishes that celebrate tradition; the top five, most-often served holiday meals are turkey, ham, Cornish game hen, leg of lamb, and pork roast. With these classic favorites in mind, here are several menu ideas to help you start creating new holiday dinner traditions of your own.
The holiday shopping season started with Black Friday, and it’s now in full swing. If you didn’t get out for the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t fret! There’s still plenty of time to find the perfect presents for the special people in your life. And that doesn’t necessarily mean braving the crowds at the mall. Here are five of the most wished-for gifts this year, available online!
Now that we’ve had our fill of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, it’s officially that most wonderful time of the year—Christmas-music-on-the-radio season! Anything before Thanksgiving is sacrilegious, but as we head into the holiday season, we can now indulge our deepest desire—to listen to Christmas music 24/7—without feeling guilty. And for those of us who have been making our Christmas playlists since September, here are a few more to include as you rock around the Christmas tree. Happy caroling!
The best holiday commercials hit a soft spot and tug at your heartstrings. Even Scrooge is vulnerable to emotional manipulation during the holidays, and certain commercials, whether they are humorous, sentimental, or serious, just have a way of grabbing hold. Putting together a list of the top 5 most memorable holiday commercials is tricky, but somehow a list appeared, and well, here it is, in no particular order.
So you’ve decided to host Thanksgiving dinner this year. You’ll want to make it special, of course. A beautifully set table makes any meal more spectacular. Create a memorable holiday dinner by decorating your table with autumn-themed hues and accessories. Here are some easy, economical ideas to set the stage for your delicious Thanksgiving dinner.