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Holiday Breakfast with Santa



catch of the day fish (2)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?

Shopping Report: The More, The Merrier


Shopping Report

The holiday shopping season continues to sparkle all over the region. This week brings a new batch of sales and events that will keep everyone feeling merry and bright. Here is some of what’s happening around the region this weekend and next week:

• On Saturday, December 13th, celebrate an Annapolitan Christmas as the West Annapolis Shopping District holds its Holiday Magic event, including Santa, horse and carriage rides, caroling and more.

Pet Photos with Santa at Harbor East this Sunday


Harbor East Paws

Fidos and ferrets alike can pose with the “big guy” too – join Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for Pet Photos with Santa! Sunday, December 14th from 1-4PM bring your furry friends to celebrate the holidays with complimentary pet photos. Pixilated Photobooth will provide on-site print outs of your pet photo, as well as a link where you can find your photo after the event.

Get into the spirit of giving by making a donation of pet food and toys to BARCS; staff will be on hand to collect your charitable donations to help animals in need of a little extra love this holiday season. Join us on the Circle at President Street.

Please note that BARCS exclusively feeds animals under their care Science Diet products. Please also consider donating some of these much needed enrichment items to the cats and dogs at BARCS:

For the Dogs: durable chew toys (Kongs, Nylabones), chuck-it balls, bully sticks, interactive toys, athletic balls, rope toys, plus toys (must be for pets)

For the Cats: bat around toys, ping pong balls, mouse toys (all kinds), plush/cuddle toys (must be for pets), ball tracks, shaky eggs, interactive toys, feather toys.

Shopping Report: Santa, Sales, and So Much More


MICA Art Market

By Kit Waskom Pollard

Bells are ringing and children are singing all over Baltimore this week. With the Monument lit and a chill in the air, the city is in full-fledged holiday mode – which means shopping has never been better.

This week, find sales and events all over the region. Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this weekend and all week long.

  • Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. Breakfast with Santa, benefiting the Salvation Army, will take place every Saturday between now and Christmas, and stop in frequently to hear local choral groups and enjoy the season’s festivities.
  • Head to  The Village of Cross Keys on December 6th, starting at 9 a.m.,  for special holiday events including the Poinsettia Patrol, a book signing with cookbook author Nancy Baggett and live music at Village Square Café. (updated- Breakfast with Santa was canceled.)
  • Visit Wyndhurst Station on December 6th for the Holiday Spree, including “cheer” and excitement at each Wyndhurst shop
  • The Roland Park Country School Holiday Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. With food, musical performances and raffles – plus shopping – the fair is fun for the whole family.
  • Becket Hitch, in Green Spring Station, is featuring pop-ups all month long. Stop in on Saturday December 6th to check out Sassy’s Tomato Jam and visit on the 11th to meet local leatherworkers Almanac Industries. While at Green Spring, drop into Cupcake Shop to check out their new digs – the Fells Point shop made the move north just recently – and stop by Panache to catch the tail end of the Blessings in Disguise trunk show.
  • Hampden will be buzzing with events all week long, including a Kinderhook snacks pop-up at Trohv on the 7th and the “Night of the Krampus” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 12th. The Night of the Krampus will include a book signing at Bazaar, carols and a Krampus-themed ice cream flavor created by The Charmery.
  • Charm City Craft Mafia presents their annual Holiday Heap at Space 2640, in St. John’s Church on St. Paul Street, on December 6th. The fair will feature over fifty local artists and artisans selling all kinds of handmade goods.
  • Find unusual gifts for everyone on your list at the Merry Mart Holiday Craft Show at the Creative Alliance. Taking place on Sunday, December 7th, the show will feature dozens of cool, unique vendors and their wares.
  • On Tuesday, December 9th, shop while you nosh during Federal Hill’s 19th annual Festive Flavors walking tour of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Tickets are $55 and include seven food and drink stops throughout the historic neighborhood.
  • The Shops at Ruxton will host a Holiday Sip & Shop on Wednesday, December 10th starting at 4 p.m. Each shop will offer something special – so be sure to make the rounds.
  • On Thursday, December 11th, Midnight Madness makes its second appearance in Annapolis, with shops open until midnight and a whole host of fun events and activities.
  • Catch Liza Byrd and Sassanova, among others, at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 11th. And from now through Christmas Eve, visit Sassanova in Harbor East to experience the Advent of Savings, including discounts up to 40% off and free surprise gifts.



Charity Weekend at the Christmas Village


Charity Weekend

catch of the day fish (2)A couple of weeks ago, we heralded the arrival of the Christmas Village in Baltimore. The charming, European-style Christmas hub has been a welcome addition to our city this season—bringing us fabulous shopping, delicious food, entertainment, and enough good cheer and holiday spirit to last us until next December. And now, they’re going even further in that spirit by hosting a weekend (this weekend) of charitable events to help make sure that Santa is able to visit every child in Baltimore this year.

Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys at the B&O Railroad Museum


Trains have been associated with Christmas about as long as they’ve been a viable form of transportation. Though these days most of us fly or drive when we’re heading home for the holidays, images of steam engines trudging over snowy hillsides persist as part of the holiday scenery. For some of us, the potential magic of trains was captured in that classic children’s book The Polar Express. For others, we remember actually getting a model train set as a child—and what could possibly be cooler? Either way, historians and advocates of the locomotive are always ready to capture our imagination and remind us of the romance and charm of the old iron horse. And throughout December, the B&O Railroad Museum has rich offerings in this regard.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Your Guide to Stalking Santa This Season


It may seem premature, since the turkey isn’t even in the oven yet, but since the holidays are starting their madness sooner each year, it’s time to begin tracking where Mr. Claus will be this December.  He could probably save a hefty bundle on travel costs going to and from the North Pole if he just Skyped all these kids individually throughout the year, but Santa’s stubborn and old fashioned.  If he’d just get on board, we could do all our Christmas errands online, but alas,  he’s coming in full force with the entire battalion of elves to a convenient shopping center near you!

Q & A with Santa Claus


Santa takes questions from our friends at The Hairpin and his thoughtful answers are a surprise.  Discover his favorite cookie, his favorite song and the unexpected thing he does December 26 to get ready for the year ahead.

Dear Santa Claus, I was really good in 1981 and I asked for an Atari for Christmas from you and I didn’t get one. What gives? Darnell W.

You were really good that year, Darnell. You were consistently on the Nice List throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. I really appreciated you being a great kid, and now you have a couple of great kids of your own. I’m sorry you feel so haunted by this lack of an Atari. No question, Atari would have been a great gift for you in 1981. I did get you a skateboard. As you skated around your neighborhood that spring you met your best friend for life, Victor. You ran over the girl you’d eventually bring to your senior prom, Dominique. If you’d spent all that time indoors playing Atari, maybe your life wouldn’t have taken these turns. Sometimes I’m not able to give children the gift they want, but I can give them a gift they’ll use and enjoy that is maybe the perfect gift for them at that moment. Part of believing in the spirit of the Holidays is trusting in that spirit.

Dear Santa, I am Jewish. Why don’t you also deliver gifts to Jewish kids? Melissa S.

Melissa, I would really love to bring gifts to Jewish children all over the world, and I am hoping at some point down the road we can add them to our delivery routes. Judaism is a terrific religion and Jewish children are some of the highest-rated kids on the Nice List. We made a handshake agreement long ago to allow Hanukkah to be a special holiday on its own, and there is much debate whether the eight days of gift-giving is as much fun as one big holiday of giving. But, don’t forget, Jews get a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in which they pretty much have the run of the town. All those days going out to movies and to eat with your families when everyone else is unwrapping in their homes, those memories can be very special, too. Sometimes the experience of Christmas can be overwhelming and disappointing and can leave Christmas-celebrators feeling pretty wiped-out. Hannukah has a wonderful history that doesn’t get overwhelmed by me. Enjoy it. But, if we decide to make a change down the road, it will be in all the papers and blogs.

Mr. Claus, Do you have a favorite Holiday Song? Mildred G.

I’m pretty flattered by all the songs about me that make me seem so magical. Bob Dylan’s “It Must Be Santa” was a big thrill for me, because I am such a fan of his. I like The Killers’ “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” as well. It is very catchy and very sweet, beneath some of the humor. The one I am not a fan of is “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” I find that song extremely upsetting for making fun of what was ultimately a really unfortunate accident. Grandma was OK and we made lots of adjustments to the sleigh, it’s a very touchy subject for me. But my all time favorite is Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.” In my opinion, it is right up there with Handel’s “Messiah.”

Dear Santa Claus, are you Really Real? Jesus A.

I think the question of whether I exist or not is something that makes the holidays incredibly special. And I don’t want to weigh in too much for one side or the other. There are smart and thoughtful people that believe in me and enjoy the Spirit of the Holidays and there are some who don’t believe and have their own holiday traditions. I try to give those people as much space as possible. I’m sorry if this is not a satisfactory answer for you. But I think you know that life never gives us too many straight answers. And sometimes wondering about something is more valuable and fun than knowing the secrets to everything. You’ve been very good this year!

Santa, will there ever be a female Santa Claus? Stephanie S.

Yes. There was a Ms. Claus from 1943-1950 and also from 1990-1997. And there will be many more. The image of Santa Claus may popularly be a white man, but the truth is much more diverse. I can’t talk too much about it, but there’s a rotation of roles here at the North Pole. Let’s leave it at that.

Dear Saint Nicholas, how is it that you are able to deliver all those toys all over the world on just one night? Alexi E.

I know this seems pretty unlikely to you, Alexi. But we have a lot of help. Some countries do not celebrate Christmas on the same day, so we’re able to space it out over a number of weeks. But even if we did have to deliver gifts to every child in the world on just one night, we could get it done. We’re only as good as our support system, but I must say that there are an impressive amount of people who help us get it done.

Hello, Mr. Claus, what is December 26th like for you? Dylan H.

The whole operation runs on adrenaline for much of the delivery process. The first thing I do when we’re finished is shave. It’s just a habit I get into as we turn the page on a successful year, and we all get a big laugh from it. As the beard grows it’s a reminder to us all to stay focused on our tasks. But each day after Christmas can always be different. We had a large error one year, in which we missed Nebraska entirely and had to redeliver the night after, with little notes for all the children. No system is perfect. One year we all went to see Avatar. There was another year where we had a terrible injury to a reindeer and spent most of the next day bedside, praying. That was maybe the saddest holiday we’d ever seen on the North Pole. But that deer died flying and bringing gifts to kids. It was a huge reminder to us what is most important and how lucky we are to be a small part of it.

Santa, Doesn’t your leg get pretty tired from having people sit in your lap? Addie L. 

It’s nice to get to talk to so many children. But, yes. My knee falls asleep all the time.

Dear Santa, Do you have a favorite kind of cookie? Are there other things you would like other than cookies? Max P.

This is a little embarrassing. Fortune Cookies are my favorite. Especially really cheap ones from tiny Chinese take out places. I know people put a lot of effort into leaving me cookies that they’ve made especially for me. And all that milk! I happily eat and drink all those! But I really secretly love Fortune Cookies the most. Let’s not tell anyone, Max.

Dear Santa, CHIMNEYS ARE FREAKY! Elizabeth B.

Honestly, I still get a little claustrophobic every time I go down a chimney. It’s just something you can’t ever get used to. When you’re in the Zone you can’t think about it. You’re just down and up and on to the next one. It’s a relief to get to apartment buildings where I can get in through a window or get buzzed up. There’s usually a nest of squirrels you’re trying to avoid on the way past or the flue is down and you have to kind of work it loose. And I’ve gotten stuck! Though usually only for 30 seconds or so. It’s like being born! Over and over again! I am always thinking of going back to just using people’s doors, but everyone is so crazy about the chimney entry.

Read the entire q & at The Hairpin