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Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Productions

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8 Holiday Special

Daniel Hautzinger

As Christmas approaches, the Nonnatus sisters are called back to the Mother House to elect a new Mother Superior. There, they care for newly arrived orphans from China as well as a pregnant woman who used to live there. Back in Poplar, Trixie returns and helps with a birth in an unusual place.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show Masterclass Christmas Special. Photo: Love Productions

What to Stream this Month

Daniel Hautzinger

December obviously brings the holidays, making it the perfect time to curl up in your warm home and watch some TV while snow falls outside. Here are holiday specials, a Christmas concert, festive baking episodes, and more to tide you through those dark, cold nights.
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Wonderland Express exhibition. Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

Tour a wintry Chicago – made out of nuts, twigs, bark, and mushrooms!

Daniel Hautzinger

Imagine Chicago transformed into a festive forest fairyland, and you have the Chicago Botanic Garden's holiday Wonderland Express. Over 80 landmarks are constructed completely out of natural materials, from bark to gourds. Take a magical video tour here.
Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park ZooLights and Its More Than Two Million Lights Are Back

Daniel Hautzinger

More than two million lights, a crew of twenty-two people, 7,200 working hours, 600,000 visitors: it's ZooLights, one of Chicago's beloved holiday traditions. What does it take to plan, set up, and run the extravagant light shows?
Julia Child with a roast turkey on The French Chef

Julia Child Teaches You How to Make the Best Turkey

Daniel Hautzinger

Most people only make turkeys once a year, and they're notoriously difficult to prepare well (hence the Butterball turkey hotline). Before confronting the culinary challenge this year, get some tips from the masterful Julia Child, in this archival episode of The French Chef.
The CTA Holiday Train. Photo: CTA

The CTA Holiday Train and Bus Are Returning!

Daniel Hautzinger

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the CTA Holiday Train will begin bringing joy to "L" riders, and the Holiday Bus starts service the next week. Find their schedules here so that you can get a chance to enjoy the lights and take a photo with Santa!
Wreathed Lion. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago

13 (And More!) Things to Do In Chicago For the Holidays

Daniel Hautzinger

The holiday season is upon us, as going into any store and hearing the music will inform you. If you want to make sure that the most wonderful time of the year is truly full of wonder, Chicagoland offers plenty of magical opportunities, from tree lightings to markets to parades.
Martha Stewart's Grown-up Grilled Cheese. Photo: Bryan Gardner

Happy Grilled Cheese Day!

Daniel Hautzinger

Not only is April 12 Grilled Cheese Day, the entire month of April is National Grilled Cheese Month. And why not – who doesn't like this humblest, simplest of sandwiches? Find some tips from Martha Stewart to gussy up your grilled cheese in celebration.
Kopanisti red pepper dip

Simple, Wholesome New Year's Hors D'Oeuvres

Daniel Hautzinger

Looking for some simple, healthier snacks for your New Year's Eve gathering? Try these three appetizers from Gaby Dalkin, courtesy of PBS Food. 

Last Tango in Halifax. Photo: BBC/Red Productions/Matt Squire

'Last Tango in Halifax' Recap: Holiday Special Part Two

Daniel Hautzinger

As Christmas approaches, Alan faces humiliation while Celia is excited for the opening of their play. Caroline is beginning to doubt her career and life change, and Gillian and Robbie's marriage continues to prove less than perfect.
A Kwanzaa table at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History, including a kinara

The Communitarianism of Kwanzaa

Daniel Hautzinger

Kwanzaa "instills the concept of family in younger generations, and teaches who we as African Americans were, what we went through, and what we have achieved.” Learn more, courtesy the DuSable Museum of African American History.
The Burning of the Clocks in Brighton, England

The Longest Night of the Year

Daniel Hautzinger

Cultures across the world have celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and its heralding of change. From ancient peoples in Peru, Ireland, and Egypt to continuing or modern traditions in England, China, and Iran, learn about the festivities.
An oxonian cocktail for the holidays. Photo: 12BottleBar.com

Three Wintry Holiday Cocktails That Aren't Eggnog

Daniel Hautzinger

While everyone drinks eggnog, spiked or not, at the holidays, there are a lot of other festive beverages out there. Try recipes for three unique options: a coffee-flavored one, a tropical drink, and a nutty, minty Christmas shot. 
Studs Terkel Christmas and Holidays

How People Celebrate Christmas Around the World, with Studs Terkel

Daniel Hautzinger

What Christmas traditions do different cultures, from Brazilians to Slavs to African Americans, have to celebrate the holidays? Hear global folk singers and a legendary children's librarian discuss festive customs with Studs Terkel.
Last Tango in Halifax. Photo: BBC/Red Productions/Matt Squire

'Last Tango in Halifax' Recap: Holiday Special Part One

Daniel Hautzinger

Ghosts of all sorts are showing up in Halifax, as Caroline gets a now job and moves into a new house with Alan and Celia in tow. Gillian begins to fear someone – or something – is out to get Robbie, and Celia takes up a new hobby.
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