| Dec 5, 2011
| 10:47 AM
This is my favorite time of year. I love everything Christmas – Santa, carols, TV specials – and the generally happy mood it creates.
I try not to get bogged down with the stress of buying gifts – what for whom, etc. – and just...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 7:29 AM
Thanks to the generosity of a friend and colleague, my son Nick and I recently came into a rather nice train set.
I hesitate to refer to the railroad paraphernalia as toys, though that's exactly what it is for Nick and I, because model railroading is a...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 7:12 AM
It seems as though the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year. Lights and wreaths decorate storefronts in late October and Christmas carols start playing on the radio before the turkey is cut on Thanksgiving. But it's never too early to start...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 12:06 PM
For a day or a weekend sparkling with the season's spirit, there's no topping the Big Apple, with a twinkling Norway spruce towering over the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center, storytelling department store windows and the breathtaking Santaland....
| Dec 13, 2011
| 4:53 PM
No, Santa's workshop didn't relocate to Arbutus.
It just might have looked that way when Southwest Emergency Services held its annual Toy Giveaway at Arbutus United Methodist Church on Dec. 9.
New board games, sporting equipment, dolls, purses and...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Natalie Graham's first meeting a year ago with "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter could have been a disaster.
Graham, owner of The Doll House, a Mount Vernon boutique featuring Graham's Ragdolls Clothing Line, didn't recognize the waifish, chestnut-...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 9:08 AM
Set to start his sixth season at Milford Mill, boys basketball coach Albert Holley has already posted impressive numbers. He has won 102 games, captured the past three Baltimore County championships, and his No. 5 Millers are two-time defending Class 3A...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 12:13 PM
After Dec. 21, Yvonne Pettus will once again have open space in her family room, garage and laundry room.
For weeks, the Catonsville resident had filled those those rooms in her home on Brucetown Court with toys and food as part of American Legion...
| Dec 27, 2011
All the presents have been opened; wrapping paper is strewn all over the house. The dog is wearing a large shiny bow, courtesy of the kids; while the cat has one end of a piece of curling ribbon hanging out of her mouth and the other end hanging out her...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 2:39 PM
As class after class at Maiden Choice School poured into the gymnasium on the afternoon of Dec. 20, the faces in each new batch of students lit up as bright as a Christmas tree.
There to greet them at the school for students with significant...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 3:01 PM
Robin Walker, unable to sleep, called up her online layaway account in the middle of the night, ready to make some grim choices about which presents her grandchildren wouldn't get.
The answer, she feared, was most of them.
She opened the first account,...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 8:44 AM
The neon sign flashing "Casino" seems out of sync with the rest of the idyllic Christmas village on display at the Ellicott City Fire Station, reminding onlookers of Pottersville, the racy city that would have replaced homey Bedford Falls if George Bailey...