Saturday, December 15, 2012
Think green gift giving is too big of a task to tackle? Think again! We've got tips and strategies to help get you started.
Some believe if you can’t do a thing 100 percent, it’s not worth doing at all. That certainly doesn’t apply to greening your gift giving. No matter what you celebrate or when, there are many small things that you can do to have a positive impact. Small steps start the shift. Momentum builds and confidence grows. Before long, you’ll have formed new routines and shopping habits that will serve as the foundation for building a sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few ideas to get you started: What have you done to green your giving? Tell us about it in the comments section.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Vice Mayor Kerry Donley will light the 6-foot-tall Menorah at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley will do the honors of lighting a 6-foot-tall Menorah Monday as part of a Hanukkah celebration hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington. The celebration will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St. in Old Town. Following the lighting, hot potato pancakes or "latkes" and donuts, the traditional foods of Chanukah, will be distributed for free. "We want people to 'taste' the tradition," said Rabbi Mordechai Newman, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington. The program will feature free Hanukkah gifts, treats and music. "It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," Newman said in a statement. "In ancient times, our ancestors …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Getting past the toys and tinsel can be a challenge.
The holidays are upon us. I went to Target this week and was greeted by a giant "Merry Christmas" banner over the shopping carts. The faux trees were lined up and ready to go in everything from traditional evergreen to a sassy hot pink. My initial reaction: I haven't even ordered my Thanksgiving turkey yet! (Note: I should get on that. Here's a old but still great rundown on local Thanksgiving turkeys by local mom-blog FoodieTots.) Parenting a toddler during the holidays can present unique challenges. Example: The girls and I were recently were shopping when my oldest spotted toys. She immediately ran down the isle, pointing out all the things I could buy her for Christmas. I cringed and tried to say something meaningful. It's not …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Making deep-fried doughnut holes
If there were an incentive to practice religion, I would say doughnuts would be pretty close to the top of the list. I recently investigated the Hanukkah doughnut tradition to discover why eating fried dough brings a community together. The festival of Hanukkah was established to celebrate the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over the Greek-Syrians. It became a joyous celebration of Jewish national survival and religious freedom. Known as the festival of lights, it symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness. This eight-day Jewish holiday starts on the 25th day of Kislev, which occurs generally in late November to December. This Hebrew Calendar month is known as the month of dreams, and who doesn't dream about doughnuts from time to …