It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and decorating. But sometimes the best keepsakes are those we don’t spend a fortune on.
Can you recall a time you simply made do with what you had on hand? Perhaps it’s a memory of a meal shared with those less fortunate, or a family heirloom hung on a new Christmas tree. Or maybe you got out your sewing machine and stitched together a personalized gift.
Here, newspaper staff members reflect on such memories of holidays gone by — from chopping down their own Christmas trees and tossing a successful party on the cheap to singing carols by candlelight.
During World War II, women filled in the holes in packing plants after men were drafted into service. (submitted photo)
Lois Glewwe is out with a new South St. Paul history book
One would think writing a book about the place where you grew up would be easy. For Lois A. Glewwe, writing “South St. Paul: A Brief History” was almost too easy.
“What I found out was it was much harder than I thought because I could have written 600 pages easier than I could write 160,” Glewwe explains. “So to condense it down to a readable, accessible level was the challenge. I was constantly cutting and cutting.”
Winter can be hard on your car but steps can be taken to make things winter-ready. (photo courtesy of Getty Images )
Harsh winter weather can be tough on vehicles, and the last thing any driver needs is to break down. Ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready now is a sensible approach to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold.
The Minnesota Historical Society Press recently released two cookbooks — “Come, You Taste” and “Astonishing Apples” — that are uniquely Minnesotan.
First-time author Joan Donatelle says now that “Astonishing Apples” has been published, she can finally cross writing a cookbook off her bucket list.
This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
The Fox Cities area is full of surprises
Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.
Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned. It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
I searched my closet for anything purple — my school color — and came up with a few shirts, a jacket, socks and even shoes to wear for my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois — the first reunion I’ve ever attended.