What shocks John Waters these days?
Fidos and ferrets alike can pose with the “big guy” too – join Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for the 4th Annual Pet Photos with Santa!
Here it comes, friends. The dreaded inbox full of black Friday e-blasts from big box stores makes landfall this week. This time of year, retailers are desperately trying to rope you into the excitement with alluring deals, and loud, panic-inducing advertisements. It’s hard not to feel the pull of shopping even if, in theory, you’d much prefer a quiet season of friends, family, and foods covered in cheese.
For those with Italian roots, no Christmas tradition is quite as memorable (or deliciously unmissable) as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. And while some grandmothers out there still avidly prepare the six or seven or ten course feast each year, most of us will need to make reservations if we’re hoping to partake of this maritime-centric smorgasbord. As an Italian tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes makes perfect sense, coming from a country that’s largely coastline. And similarly, here in Baltimore, it’s the perfect way to get in your mandated Maryland quota of seafood while staying well within a traditional Christmas menu. Various restaurants around town and beyond offer prix fixe menus for the Christmas Eve meal, but for an authentic, delicious, and beautiful feast– we’re betting on Donna’s in Cross Keys.
With the Festival of Lights well underway and Christmas coming mid-week, the annual shopping rush is at its peak. As you scurry around the city to finish shopping, keep your spirits up with events, carols and sales around the region, including:
- The Village of Cross Keys will remain festive up until the last minute, with carolers and live music on both Saturday, December 20th and Wednesday the 24th.
- Seasonal magic will also stay alive at The Shops at Kenilworth through Christmas Eve, with Santa and the holiday train garden. On Saturday, December 20th, join Santa for breakfast and a holiday magic show, with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Local musical groups will also perform, on the 20th, 22nd and 23rd.
- Evenings from the 20th through the 23rd, Falkenhan’s Hardware in Hampden will host the Street Meat Hot Dog Cart and The Local Oyster. Plus, on the 20th, Santa will make an appearance for photos.
- From now through December 24th, all throws are 20% off at Linens & Lingerie in Ruxton.
- Take a break from shopping at Belvedere Square to catch a Christmas Eve showing of “Miracle on 34th Street” at The Senator Theatre (show times throughout the day).
- Complimentary holiday parking in Harbor East will last all week – through Christmas and beyond – making your last-minute shopping excursions a little easier.
- At Chezelle in Cross Keys, the Spring ’15 Margaret Winters trunk show will be a little ray of sunshine in the midst of the busy Christmas season. Lasting from December 15th through the 30th, it’ll give you a great excuse to think spring, even if just for a moment. Plus, now through the 30th, visit the Chezelle website for a coupon for 50% off any $150 purchase (exclusions listed at the link).
Yes, you hear about him all day, everyday now. They’re singing about him coming to town, his face is plastered on soda bottles and billboards. He’s all the kids talk about (is he real or isn’t he?). So you may be up to your nose in Santa right now, and we feel that. But then, come on. It’s Santa! And he’s only around once a year, so you’ve got to get in some quality time with the big guy while he’s still here. After all, you want to make sure he understnads the nuances of your wish list, and it’s always smart to make a good impression so he’ll remember you next year, right?
What to do if we receive a Christmas present we hate? University of Baltimore MFA student Melinda Cianos gives it to us straight.
Okay, let’s review. This holiday season you are likely to receive, if you’re lucky and people like you, a nifty gift or two. Please do not forget the appropriate reaction to said gifts in order to avoid the severed relationships and tarnished reputation surely to follow you into the New Year if you do. Below: a few reminders to help you stay in good, gracious standing.