But I’m not here to sing praises of “A Christmas Story,” as dear to my heart as it is. My colleagues have already done that. I’m here to declare that “Home Alone” and its excellent sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (do not speak to me about any subsequent films in the franchise) are the best Christmas movies.
The holidays are here, and I bet you’re busy decking the halls and checking your lists. While it’s so easy to shop online and have presents delivered to your door, I challenge you to shop local and shop small this year.
Spend a day in the city with editor Kelsey Davis. Follow along as she treks the bustling downtown on a Saturday. 9 a.m.: Fuel up | Start your day with some coffee or tea at Open Door Coffee Company at 164 N Main Street. Choose from coffee, lattes, espresso varieties, tea and more. Grab a pastry while you’re at it. I highly recommend the iced spiced chai latte.
My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin streusel bars. I started making the recipe a few years ago in hopes of combining a bunch of things everyone in my family enjoys into one dessert. The crust of the bars is gingersnap cookies; the filling is cream cheese, Greek yogurt and pumpkin; and the topping is a streusel made from oats, cinnamon and brown sugar. We eat this instead of pumpkin pie now, and no one has complained.
My favorite Halloween costume is the costume that wasn’t. When I was a toddler, my mom spent a ton of time making me an elf costume for Halloween. (She is not a sewer, so this was a huge deal.) But when the big day rolled around, I absolutely refused to put it on. I ended up going trick-or-treating in my parka and still telling everyone who asked what I was dressed up as that I was an elf. I am a far more accommodating person now, but 2-year-old Alison had a lot of spunk. (Sorry, Mom!)
I love the parks and trails in Stark County. There’s one in every community, and each one seems to have its own personality. I used to visit them to run and relax. But now that I’m a mom to a 1-year-old, I’m there for the swings and slides.
The Repository Select Rite Aid Stores Spee-D Foods Buehler's Fresh Foods Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations Aultman Hospital Gift Shop Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations News Depot Avenue Arts Marketplace Yum Yum Tree Alliance Grapes in a Glass