Bruce the Spruce and Christmas Past, Present and Future

Bruce the Spruce and Christmas Past, Present and Future

We strolled through Christmas past, present and future yesterday on a post-Packer game trip to see Bruce the Spruce and the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Do you remember Bruce the Spruce? I do. For me he is the ghost of Christmas past, a large, somewhat terrifying tree that stood at the entrance of the children's [...]

The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

An unlikely pre-game activity warmed us up in all kinds of ways Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Led by our gallant host, we left the loud, brash world of football behind for a little while and took in the Phipps Winter Flower Show at the Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens. The contrast could not have been more profound. [...]

Yes, Fox Valley, there is a Santa Claus

Yes, Fox Valley, there is a Santa Claus

I’m pretty sure I met the real Santa Claus last night and he did not disappoint. As with most magical encounters, it happened randomly. I rounded a corner on an ordinary cul de sac and slammed so hard into the spirit of Christmas that my breath stopped for a second or two and my eyes [...]

I Griswolded our Christmas lights…again!

I Griswolded our Christmas lights…again!

I frightened my neighbors as I hung up our Christmas lights...I always do. My family knows better. They flee the house at the first sulphur whiff of the bulbs. But, lured by an unseasonably warm afternoon and a sweet innocence I’ve yet to destroy, my neighbors strolled happily past our house Sunday afternoon. They waved [...]

Happy New Year from Lenny and his 60,000 points of light

If you want to learn a thing or two about the contagious joy of Christmas, swing by Lenny Ruel's place. Light by 60,000 lights, he's been happily celebrating with an increasing circle of friends since 2008. "These Lights Ruel" have become a Christmas phenomenon, a sophisticated light display set to music and available to anyone [...]