Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and others had it right: This truly is “The Most Wonderful Time of Year”.
December is that magical time of year when a rush of happiness permeates the air. It’s when the little things excite us— a new box of glittery ornaments, a weekend of baking or finding that perfect stocking stuffer. For others, it could be watching your favorite holiday movie.
Whether it’s “Miracle on 34th Street”, “A Christmas Story”, or “A Christmas Carol”, watching a holiday movie brings back memories for many. For me, it’s arriving home with my brothers after school to discover the house has been turned into a winter wonderland by our mother. It’s the cookies waiting for us to put sprinkles on before they go into the oven. It’s a Saturday afternoon spent around the dining room table painting numerous wooden ornaments (and my mother re-doing them when we weren’t looking).
This month bring back memories of your own by treating yourself to a true holiday favorite –“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be playing on the big screen at Albany’s Palace Theatre on December 13 at 1pm and 7pm. For only five dollars, you can view this movie the way many did when it was first released back in 1946.
For this issue, we’ve gathered over 100 other fun holiday events for you and your family to enjoy. One of my favorite things to do is visit historic houses adorned for the season. A list of houses in the area and a few downstate.
Also, a holiday gift guide, broken up into price categories for your convenience. For help in taming your kid’s expectations this year, read Dr. Cale’s article.
Whether it’s a movie, a sound, a smell or a tradition that brings back your favorite memories during this time of year, be sure to sit back, relax and take it all in. It is, after all, a wonderful time of year!
From all of us at CRL, we wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season.
Mary Beth DeCecco