On Your Table: Time for Christmas cookies!

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Who can resist sugar cookies at Christmas time? The countdown to Christmas is well underway and in many kitchens so is the rush to bake holiday sweets, notably cookies.  Why do we eat cookies for Christmas? For so many families, it’s not Christmas without cookies. Our kids leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, we spend weeks baking...

Longwood gears up for Christmas with a French accent

A Longwood Christmas runs November 23–January 7. Photo by Daniel Traub. EAST MARLBOROUGH — There is only one way to describe Longwood Gardens French-inspired holiday display . . . c’est magnifique! Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by fanciful topiary and more than 50 trees adorned in classic holiday tones boasting sparkling crystal ornaments reminiscent of the splendor...

What I really want for Christmas this year

A time to open our heart to those in need By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, the Times How many times have you been asked the question “what do you want for Christmas?” On the surface, it seems innocuous enough, right? But, as I was watching the news regarding the horrifying situation in Aleppo, I realized that our “wants” pale in comparison to others around the world. Children, orphaned...

What To Do: Holiday season kicks off with fun events

Holiday Light Parade in Kennett Square among busy weekend of activities By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Holiday Light Parade in Kennett Square. Now that Thanksgiving 2016 is history, the floodgates have burst open and unleashed a torrent of annual traditional holiday events and activities. The holiday season will officially arrive in Kennett Square on November 27 when Downtown Kennett...

A Longwood Christmas rings in the holidays, Nov. 24

A Longwood Christmas begins Nov. 24. A Longwood Christmas rings in the holiday season with a musically inspired display November 24–January 8. Explore the warm 4-acre conservatory and be enchanted by more than 50 trees decorated for the holiday season, including an 18-foot revolving tree adorned with musical instruments in our grand Music Room, and a 30-foot tree composed of more than 1,300 poinsettias,...

What To Do: Christmas week chock full of fun

From history to Santa, multiple ways to celebrate the holiday By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Valley Forge National Historical Park is presenting its annual March-In to commemorate the arrival of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777. December 25 is just around the corner and Christmas events are everywhere. Over the next week or so, you can head in any direction and find a holiday...

What To Do: Patriot’s Day on Saturday

And Christmas cheer gets into full swing this weekend By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times “Patriot Day” is celebrated in September to remember those lost on 9.11 and New England has “Patriots’ Day,” which is celebrated in April to commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord.  New England also has the NFL team the New England Patriots and Patriots’ fans are prone to celebrating...

Do we need a better way to celebrate Christmas?

Between the stress and the cost, are we doing something wrong? By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Last week, I wrote about my angst over Christmas shopping. I stress every year. What size? What color? Will they like it? Will they use it? By the 25th I am a frazzled mess. The funny thing is, my children are always appreciative of any gift they receive. But, I do spend a good amount of...

What To Do: Christmas edition

Trains, trees and holiday stuff everywhere, and what to do if the holiday isn’t your thing By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times For more than a half century, reenactors have staged George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware — a pivotal moment in U.S. history — and will do so again on Christmas. December 25 is just a few days away and the Christmas spirit is everywhere —...

Holiday season kicks off at Longwood, Nov. 27

The world-famous Conservatory at Longwood Gardens will again be decked out in holiday splendor, as Longwood celebrates the holidays, starting Nov. 27. EAST MARLBOROUGH — From elegant trees adorned with feathered friends, to a peacock-themed Masquerade Ball in our Music Room, the holiday season soars at Longwood Gardens November 27 through January 11. Topiary swans grace our Exhibition Hall,...