You can feel it in the air. But that’s just the start. The holidays are officially here and these are the ways you know it.
photo: courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo
2. Your ballerina-in-training is twirling around the house in preparation for her performance in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dance-Along Nutcracker.
photo: courtesy of City of Chicago
3. The city and ‘burbs are coming alive with twinkling lights, gorgeous decorations and a swelling of holiday cheer. And, for the first time since 1888, you can break out the menorahs and dreidels at the same time. (Let’s hear it for Thanksgivukkah.)
photo: sean toyer on flickr creative commons
4. You’ve slept with your laptop so you could be the first to sign up for a winter break kids’ camp. This year, you’re getting first dibs at Kids Science Labs, baby!
photo: courtesy of Kids Science Labs
5. You’re planning to make a meal of the candy supplies on hand at The Art Institute’s Build Your Own Gingerbread House event.
photo: courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago
6. Your kids begged to go see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” And once you got there, you realized you’d have a mutiny on your hands if you didn’t buy the shiny noses.
photo: Kelly Aiglon
7. Between the holiday shindigs being thrown by NPN, Bump Club and the bajillion meet-ups you’re in, your social calendar is fuller than Santa’s belly after an all-you-can-eat buffet.
photo: courtesy of Julia Franzosa
8. The lights on top of the John Hancock Building are glowing red and green. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy — until you realize it’s 11 degrees.
photo: anneh632 on flickr creative commons
9. You went to Building Blocks Toy Store to buy a Rainbow Loom and left with one … plus puzzles, games, scooters, a few odd superhero capes and a lifetime supply of Thomas the Tank Engines.
photo: courtesy of Building Blocks
10. Your kids actually beg to go grocery shopping at Mariano’s with you. You’re tickled pink. And then you realize their true motivation: to indulge in all the free samples.
photo: courtesy of Mariano’s
11. You’ve bribed the Santa at Macy’s with a gift certificate to Giordano’s in order to get your kids an extra two minutes of lap time. (Anything for the perfect holiday card photo.)
photo: courtesy of Macy’s
What do you think is a sign that the holidays have come to Chicago? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Jo Aaron & Kelly Aiglon