Tag: Christmas

a stress free Christmas while visiting family

A Survival Guide for A Stress Free Christmas While Visiting Family

You may have dreams of stockings hung by the chimney with care and beaming Hallmark-card moments of family time, but the reality may be different.  Travelling with kids is never easy.  Add in the hoopla over gifts, visiting relatives and too much sweets, your trip just got a lot harder. There have been very few

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Fairytale of New York
New York

A Pictoral Fairytale of New York

I’m not ready for Christmas to be over.  There is such a long lead-time towards the big day and then ‘poof’ it’s over.  The British at least have Boxing Day the day after Christmas day itself to drag out the celebrations a bit longer. The British also have the Pogues song ‘Fairytale of New York‘

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Bergdorf NYC
New York

A Luxury Christmas at Bergdorf NYC

Bergdorf Goodman is the grande dame of New York luxury retailers.  Located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th streets since 1899, she is the only New York-centric luxury store left in the city.  All the other department stores have spread their influence outside of New York. (I’m looking at you Saks Fifth Avenue

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Christmas Lights in Brooklyn

The Ultimate Christmas Time in NYC Experience Includes the Brooklyn Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Display

Spending Christmas time in NYC and thinking about visiting the Christmas lights at Rockefeller Center?  Fuhgettaboudit.  In New York City at Christmas, the spectacle you need to see is Christmas in Brooklyn. No, not the hipster Christmas in Brooklyn you see in Williamsburg or Brooklyn Heights. But OG Christmas in Brooklyn – I’m talking the

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The Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas involves gifts of food
The Netherlands

The Dutch Tradition of Sinterklaas

For the Dutch, Christmas starts with the arrival of Sinterklaas which is a beloved tradition in the country. Sinterklaas (the holiday) takes place on the fifth of December every year and is dedicated to Sinterklaas (the person).  The Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas is a beloved holiday with its own customs and foods. Celebrating the Arrival

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The British Christmas Pudding Tradition
United Kingdom

The Great Christmas Pudding Tradition

When I first brought Christmas Pudding home to the family in the United States (along with the British husband), everyone was very curious as to what it would be like.  After Christmas dinner, when we dug our spoons into the rich brown pudding covered in custard, my brother said what all of us non-Brits were

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Seasonal Christmas Cheer at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens in Southwest London is known for its family-friendly night time Christmas illuminations.  Of course, Kew Gardens is well-known generally for being the largest botanical garden in the world. Sprinkled amidst its 132 acres are lots of pavilions and other structures and a treetop walkway. Kew Gardens is also a UNESCO listed world heritage

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Dreaming of a White Christmas for Harry Potter Fans

In the Harry Potter world, Hogwarts at Christmas would be really magical especially for a love-deprived, orphan child like Harry Potter.  The Warner Bros Studios, located 20 miles outside of London in Leaveden, have really gone out of their way to capture some of that magic on the tours. It’s one of the best Harry

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Vienna church of St Stephen

It’s Red and Gold For A Viennese Christmas

The Christmas season in Vienna really does bring out the crowds. Although the sky is a uniform shade of light grey, the streets are packed full of locals and tourists and the lights twinkle from the street decorations.  Although some of the buildings are decorated, generally it is the streets that have overhead lights and

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