Archive for December 16th, 2016

aa5If I lived in Chicago I wouldn’t need a house, I would just live at the awesome Music Box Theatre – a great old cinema that has some of the best film programming anywhere. I have been to the Music Box many times over the years, mostly for their weekend matinees of classic films. But it is during the holiday season when they truly out-do themselves with the Music Box Christmas Show – a double feature of classic Christmas movies with live music and singing.

I had the great pleasure of popping in on the Music Box Christmas Show this past weekend on my holiday visit to Chicago and it was great. The place was full of happy holiday revelers listening to live music on the theater’s built-in organ, and singing along with Santa and a fine group of singers. And then we all enjoyed It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen (followed by White Christmas) – and I was in Christmas heaven.

About the Music Box Christmas Show: “Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that over 30 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become a 9-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year? People from all around Chicagoland have made this terrific, old-fashioned event part of their family’s holiday tradition. Each year, holiday revelers are greeted by none other than Santa Claus, live and in person. Santa welcomes the audience and, accompanied by Music Box organist Dennis Scott, leads them in the singing of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time. The lyrics are projected onto the theater’s screen so no one misses a chance to sing their hearts out. Then the audience sits back and enjoys a Christmas movie classic.”

The Music Box Christmas Show continues through Christmas Eve at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave. in the great city of Chicago USA.



FF: The Winter and Animals Decorative Pillow Collection

aa1Here’s a fun way to add some holiday flare to your chairs and couches – the Winter and Animals Decorative Pillow Collection from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s.

About Martha Stewart’s Winter and Animals Decorative Pillow Collection:

“Roll out your stylish cold-weather decor with these decorative pillows from Martha Stewart Collection, featuring a variety of cute animals and scenes.”

Find Martha Stewart’s Winter and Animals Decorative Pillow Collection from Macy’s here.

FF: The Peppermint Pig from Plow & Hearth

aa4Who knew peppermint pigs were a thing? Or at least were a thing back in the day? Well, the fine folks at Plow & Hearth are all over it and they offer a Peppermint Pig just in time for Christmas.

About the Peppermint Pig from Plow & Hearth:

“The first Peppermint Pig was made over a century ago to symbolize the Victorian belief in the pig as a good luck charm. Your family can continue this tradition with our genuine Peppermint Pig, which comes with its own velvet pouch and hammer. After a special holiday meal, bring out the pig, crack it with the hammer, and share the pieces to assure health, happiness, and prosperity.”

Find the Peppermint Pig from Plow & Hearth here.

See all the fine products from Plow & Hearth here.


The Tucker the Moose Ornament from CB2: “Blue-green moose hangs happy with oversized antlers and a cheeky grin. Crafted from porcelain with a modern matte finish, he’s sure to grab attention from any branch.”


A classic tweed jacket from Dubarry of Ireland.

Or really ANYTHING from Dubarry of Ireland.