Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Christmas’


Merry Merry!

Merry Merry!
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    To spread the visual merriment of the holiday season, here are some scenes we saw around town…                       A friend of ours who is Catholic laments the lack of crèche displayed nowadays. We found a couple…       The above mini-crèche with […]

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Christmas morning and no gifts under the tree? Unfortunately, far too many children will experience just this scenario on Christmas morning, the day many of us will be celebrating with family, engulfed in wrapping paper, and opening boxes filled with wonderful surprises—expressions of the love that is all around us. What brings meaning to the […]

A Gift of the Artisan

A Gift of the Artisan

This holiday season, as we wait for an uptick in the economy, people have thought of helping by buying from their local, independently-owned shops. Ten Thousand Villages is offering a “three-fer” to sweeten the deal. Buy a gift from their local store (#1) that supports fair trade practices and artisans from around the world (#2), […]

Light It Up! Here Comes Santa

Light It Up! Here Comes Santa

Christmas season officially begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25th. Why, you ask? Read on, we say. (Hint: pretty!) It’s Pasadena’s Annual Tree Lighting event, presented by One Colorado and Old Pasadena Management. Assisting in the evening’s festivities will be the 2012 Rose Queen, Drew Washington, and her Royal Court. A choral performance and holiday sing-a-long […]

A Predictable Plot That Never Gets Old

A Predictable Plot That Never Gets Old

The plotline is predictable: Clara enjoys the Christmas party, the Nutrcracker comes to life, a battle ensues, and the Sugar Plum Fairy leads the waltz—but that Mouse King and his army will always give me the creeps. So we still attend annually, a spectator for Uncle Drosselmeyer’s puppet show, Tchaikovsky’s classic—the Grand Pas de Deux, […]

Come One, Come All, to Christmas Tree Lane!

Come One, Come All, to Christmas Tree Lane!

City Hall may boast an impressive Christmas tree, but our neighbors to the north in Altadena have the Rose City beat when it comes to holiday displays. Christmas Tree Lane and the colorful lights of the Balian Mansion have become beloved parts of area tradition. Near December 24th, Santa Rosa Avenue, as it is known the […]

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena, in addition to having a good name, has also found a good home: the Pasadena Playhouse, where they will be making their debut this weekend, from the 16th to the 19th, with an intimate production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti about […]

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Yes, Virginia, There Are Great Books About Winter Holidays

Winter abounds with holiday traditions, and unless your family is an equal-opportunity celebrator, you may be as stumped as I am when asked simple questions like “what does Hanukkah celebrate?” Or “What’s on the sixth night of Kwanzaa?” or “Why are there Christmas trees?” I remember one Christmas morning (we are  nominal Protestants, and that’s […]

A Winter Concert with an International Twist

A Winter Concert with an International Twist

If you can’t place Estonia on a map, that’s okay, neither could we.  It is probably because we weren’t one of the lucky members of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) who got to tour Scandinavia last summer with the Estonia TV Girls’ Chorus. But lucky for us, unlike the college study abroad students who […]

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